Mental health levy passes

Wood County voters overwhelmingly approved a 10-year, 1.6-mill levy to support the efforts of the
Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.
The levy, used for prevention, treatment, recovery and support services for Wood County residents in need
of behavioral or mental health treatment, as well as addiction recovery services, passed with 65
percent, or 22,637 votes, in favor and 35 percent, or 12,409 votes, against it.
“It isn’t a surprise, but it’s certainly reassuring that Wood County continues to take care of its own
neighbors who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse,” said Tom Clemons, executive director of
the ADAMHS Board.
Renewal of the levy was critical for the Board as it makes up about 40 percent of its annual budgeted
“I’m ecstatic. I think the voters responded to the fact that we are demonstrating good stewardship of
public funds while we are serving more people and maintaining a high qualify of service,” Clemons said.

“This board will continue to improve and expand services,” he said.
The levy generates about $4.3 million annually and was last passed it 2004. Property owners of a home
appraised at $100,00 will continue to pay $45.93 annually.