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The number of those receiving services from the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities has just about doubled since 2009, leading the agency to seek more funding to meet needs.
Voters in Tuesday’s general election decided a replacement and additional levy for a total of 2.8 mills for the Board of DD. The levy passed with 3,592 voted for and 3,525 votes against in unofficial vote totals from the Coshocton County Board of Elections. The new levy is estimated to generated about $2.03 million per year. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $4.42 a month more than what they pay now for the current levy.
These dollars will be used solely for maintaining current operations regarding services and programs, said Superintendent Steve Oster.
"We're happy and surprised that the voters voted for us," Oster said. "This will help to continue to provide the services we do to families and individuals in the county."
Oster said the increased funding will allow the organization to keep current services and programs based on the increased number of individuals receiving aide. It will also help to cut down on a waiting list when people are seeking assistance, he said.
The agency has tried to save money in recent years by sharing positions with other entities, eliminating some administrator posts and examining efficiency. The agency shares 12 positions with the Knox County Board of DD and local school districts. They have 54 total staff members.
This article has been reproduced for educational purposes only and appeared in the Coshocton Tribune. The original story can be found at: http://www.coshoctontribune.com/story/news/local/2017/11/07/community-supported-levy-board-dd/840259001/
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