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Summit County voters should not hesitate to vote "Yes" on Issue 3, renewing the 4.5-mill operating levy for the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board.
Taxes will not increase -- and the cause is critical. The levy provides money for private agencies that work with 2,600 disabled adults and for early intervention services for more than 1,000 children from birth to 6 years old who face autism, cerebral palsy and other medical issues -- care that helps these children reach their full potential.
The cost of the six-year renewal levy remains the same -- just $138 a year for property worth $100,000. It brings in $50 million a year.
The disabilities board now funnels the levy money to private agencies because of a federal mandate for "conflict-free case management" that requires the board to stop providing direct services itself.
But one thing hasn't changed: the importance of these essential services for families that depend on them.
Vote for Summit County Issue 3. Early voting in the Nov. 7 election has begun.
This article has been reproduced for educational purposes only and appeared in The Plain Dealer. The original story can be found at: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/11/vote_yes_on_issue_3_summit_cou.html
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