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Wood Lane's 2.95-mill levy approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 23:31
Wood Lane Superintendent Melanie Stretchbery, left, and Donna Beam look over election results at the Wood County Court House. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
(updated) A 2.95-mill operating levy sought by Wood Lane got an OK from voters Tuesday night.
With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, the measure passed with an unofficial 56.31 percent of the vote; 43.69 percent voted against. More than 13,122 votes were case in favor of the measure, while 10,096 voted against it.
“I am so grateful,” said Wood Lane Superintendent Melanie Stretchbery. “I am just so overwhelmed and so grateful, as I always am. Wood County citizens, they always come through, they always support people that have a need.”
The five-year levy will generate about $8.1 million per year, and cost a family with a $100,000 home about $8.60 per month.
Despite the additional lift from the levy monies, Wood Lane will still take a $1.5 million annual cut to their finances. Expenses for this year are $29.9 million; while revenues for this year weren’t yet available, last year’s revenues were about $26 million. As with other agencies, Wood Lane is experiencing cuts in state budget allocations and local property tax collections.
Wood Lane is supported by a series of levies totaling 6.7 mills, but those levies only collect 4.7 mills currently. The agency has already sought a number of cuts.
“Well, obviously we have some work ahead of us,” said Stretchbery, “because the levy amount itself is less than what we actually need for continued operations.”
She said that Wood Lane will continue to “cut around the edges” however they are able to without effecting direct services.
“We’ve been doing that and will continue to do that,” she said.
Stretchbery said that the focus will now be on how to best serve their clients with the same quality of services while reducing expenses “in order to make this levy live for five years. We’re very excited for the outcome. We have more work to do, and we’re more than willing to do that.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 09:54

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