Three countywide issues will appear on the election ballot Nov. 5, and all are seeking continuation of tax collections which have been on the books for some time.
The Portage Board of Developmental Disabilities has Issues 1 and 2 on the ballot. The two are renewal levies with no increase in the existing tax rate.
Issue 1 is a 2-mill, five year levy and Issue 2 is a 0.9-mill levy for 10 years. Both are for current programs and services.
Together, the two levies account for about 43 percent of the board's total revenues and about 31 percent of its annual operating revenues.
The owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 will continue to pay about $57 per year, or about 16 cents per day, for both levies.
Without the two renewals, the board would have to seek additional levy revenues next year or reduce or eliminate services that are not mandated. Board of DD officials say that would result in waiting lists for many services.
The Board of Developmental Disabilities is the only local provider of early intervention services to children from birth to age 3. The board provided or funded services to nearly 900 individuals this year, officials said.
The board provides or funds day program and daily round-trip transportation services to more than 300 people at Portage Industries or United Disability Services and other providers.
The board also funds services for more than 240 children in area school districts.
Meanwhile, Issue 3 is a 1-mill, 10-year renewal levy for the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County. It is a renewal of a levy first passed in 1983 and will not change the existing tax rate.
The levy costs the owner of a home with a $100,000 market value about $29 annually.
MHB officials said the levy helped serve 7,200 Portage County residents last year, including 4,500 adults and 2,700 children and teens. Levy dollars from the MHRB funded 24-hour crisis, information and referral services that involved more than 41,000 contacts in 2012.
Using levy funds, the MHRB supports services through Coleman Professional Services, Children's Advantage, Townhall II and Family & Community Services Inc.
Services funded include crises/suicide prevention, including a crisis care unit for adults; diagnosis and treatment for children and adults with mental health problems, including victims of sexual/physical abuse and domestic violence; and substance abuse problems.
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