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Developmental Disabilities Board goes to the ballot with tax levy

By David DeWitt, The Athens News
Published Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking the renewal of a 1.8-mill tax levy this Nov. 7.

The ACBDD’s Issue 4 will be on the ballot for all of Athens County, and requires no additional taxes.

The levy is expected to generate approximately $1,753,487, according to an informational pamphlet from the ACBDD, which they said represents about 15 percent of their annual budget.

This is one of the agency’s four levies, with nearly 60 percent of the agency’s revenue coming from these local taxes, which the pamphlet says are spent solely on individuals who live in Athens County.

The funds generated from the levy will be used for the maintenance and operation of programs and services of the ACBDD.

“Our programs and services for individuals range from early childhood through adulthood,” the pamphlet said. “These include early-intervention services, Beacon School, employment options and PersonnelPlus, service and support administration, transportation services, and adults day services through ATCO until December 2018.”

When ATCO does close, the ACBDD still will be responsible for covering the costs of these services at an independent provider, the pamphlet noted. As The Athens NEWS has reported, ATCO is closing in order to comply with a federal “conflict-free” mandate.

“This renewal levy will allow us to continue supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in Athens County at the level of care they need,” the pamphlet said. “Issue 4 is designed to help ACBDD fulfill its mission of serving, supporting, and integrating individuals with developmental disabilities in Athens County.” The initial levy was passed in 2010.

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