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The Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities is asking voters to replace a 1.33 mill continuous levy with an increase of .67 mills, resulting in a total of 2 mills this November.
The last time the board asked for new levy dollars was 2003. Many state funding changes have taken place since then. To accommodate these changes, we have tried to greatly increase our revenue. Our staff has been very active in locating and securing grants including Help Me Grow and Early Intervention services. As well as, grants for reimbursement for security and technology upgrades, and Medicaid reimbursement for individuals transitioning to Medicaid waivers.
The board relies on money for these services from local levy dollars. In addition to increasing revenue, we have also made numerous efforts to decrease expenses. We have worked cooperatively with our labor organizations and have been in deficit spending since 2008.
Despite our best efforts, however, we are in dire need of a levy increase. We are projected to be out of money in 2018. Our levies are for the operation of programs and services, and the maintenance and operation of facilities.
If this levy fails, infants, toddlers, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families will be significantly impacted, as we will be forced to reduce and/or eliminate the services that we provide.
Please help us keep these wonderful services going for these amazing individuals by passing this levy.
This article has been reproduced for educational purposes only and appeared in the Ashtabula Star Beacon. The original story can be found at: http://www.starbeacon.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letter-to-the-editor/article_473258cc-408a-52e0-a612-74a028f0aa1f.html
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