Wood Lane levy OK'd for ballot PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Aspacher, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:32
Wood County Commissioners gave their approval this morning for Wood Lane’s new operating levy to be placed on the November ballot.
The county board of developmental disabilities, which oversees Wood Lane, rescinded its request last week for a 3.5-mill levy, opting for a reduced 2.95 mills over five years. If approved, the new levy, which the organization insists is critical to continuing operations, will generate $8,068,117 per year, roughly $1.5 million per year less than the first proposal.
The nonprofit is currently supported by six continuing levies totaling 6.7 mills, though collections have been reduced to 4.7 mills.
Commissioner Joel Kuhlman said Wood Lane representatives made their case for the need for additional funds, which will be up to county residents to approve.
“I’m in support of letting the voters decide on whether that’s an amount they want to approve or not,” said Commissioner Joel Kuhlman. “Wood Lane has a long history of providing good services to the county, and I think they should have the opportunity to present their case to the taxpayers.”
Wood Lane Superintendent Melanie Stretchbery said previously that the organization has made cuts in recent years that have diminished the need to ask voters for new money.
Further savings could come from new staff and client policies, including a proposal that would require those eligible for Medicaid funding to apply for it. That could lead to about $57,000 per year.
Other measures could include a $175,000 in annual capital expenditures, reduced limits on family support services, and increased co-pays for programs at Wood Lane School. Those and other potential savings would only make a dent in a drop in the general fund, however, which is projected to end the year with $7.1 million, down from $12.4 million at the end of 2012
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:34

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