Wood Lane levy drops from 3.5 to estimated 2.95 mills PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 22 July 2013 16:00
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Members of the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities agreed Monday to reduce the size of a five-year operating levy for Wood Lane.
The board rescinded its previous request for a 3.5-mill levy after Wood County Commissioners expressed concern in two meetings about how voters would respond to the proposal.
Superintendent Melanie Stretchbery recommended and the board approved a different levy that would generate an additional $8,068,117 per year, roughly $1.5 million per year less than the initial request. The millage would likely be about 2.95, though that figure has not been certified by the county auditor's office. Wood Lane's need for new money has been postponed in recent years by reducing expenses, Stretchbery said. The nonprofit is currently supported by six continuing levies totaling 6.7 mills, though collections have been reduced to 4.7 mills. With the reduced levy, additional cuts and changes will become necessary and could include a $175,000 in annual capital expenditures, reducing limits on family support services, increasing the co-pay for programs at Wood Lane School, and not renewing a $64,000 per-year lease with the Jordan Family Center that expires at the end of the year.
Adding a policy requiring individuals to seek all benefits for which they are eligible would also save about $57,000 per year from five individuals who decline to apply for Medicaid and other programs. Stretchbery said she took to heart the feelings expressed previously by commissioners, acknowledging that Wood County still faces an uncertain economy that may lead voters to be reluctant to pass a new levy. Board member Martha Woelke agreed, noting that commissioners speak with more of the voters who will decide the issue.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:38
 

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