DD Levy

The county’s Board of Developmental Disabilities levy, which was a replacement worth 2 mills, was passed by voters in Tuesday’s General Election.

Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Nov. 6 newspaper on Page A1.

Voters were faced with some hard choices during this year’s General Election about where they wanted their tax dollars to go.

A total of 5,368 votes were cast in Jackson County, helping to decide the outcome of two countywide levies.

A levy for the county’s Board of Developmental Disabilities, a replacement levy worth 2 mills, was passed by voters with 2,861 votes in favor and 2,355 votes against.

All the results are unofficial until certified by the Jackson County Board of Elections later in November.

Nick Elliott, superintendent of the county’s DD Board, had previously told The Courier this request for levy dollars was to maintain basic services provided by the county for a growing number of individuals. He’d pointed out that Jackson County served 22 individuals with developmental disabilities in 2011, while today the enrollment total has grown to over 100.

This replacement for a higher DD tax levy millage marks the first time Jackson County had done so since 1992, Elliott explained.

The levy will raise approximately $1,172,320.38 per year. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $70 per year, according to figures provided by the Jackson County Auditor’s Office.

This same DD levy appeared on the ballot in the fall of 2018 and was voted down. Jackson County voters cast 5,373 voted against the tax levy, while 4,751 were in favor of the levy.

The other countywide tax levy was a renewal of a levy that first passed in 1952 and has made Jackson County healthier and safer for over 60 years.

The public health levy was a renewal set at 0.5 mills for a period of 10 years that would provide the health department with sufficient funds to carry out its health programs.

Voters decided to keep the levy with 3,105 votes for, and 2,109 votes against.

Jackson County Health Commissioner Kevin Aston previously told The Courier that the Jackson County Health Department provides over 100 different services to the community, including nursing services, environmental health and other services such as Help Me Grow.

Aston explained that every dollar from this renewal levy attracts over $7 in grants for different opportunities such as integrated naloxone access, summer food programs, and sewage system repairs to name a few.

The levy will raise approximately $264,400.02 per year. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $15.31 per year, according to figures provided by the Jackson County Auditor’s Office.

Voters in Oak Hill decided to pass all four levies on the ballot.

Cemeteries:

The levy for operating and maintaining the village cemeteries was a renewal for 2 mills for 5 years. The levy received 242 votes in favor of the levy and 118 votes against.

Village officials explained that the money from this levy goes toward operating and maintaining the village cemeteries. The funds are spent on employee wages, gas for mowing and weed-eating, and fixing grave stones.

The cemetery levy will produce an estimated $25,554.42 per year. The owner of $100,000 home would pay $60.86 per year.

Current Expenses:

The levy labeled “current expenses of the village” was a renewal for 3.8 mills for 5 years. The levy received 203 votes for and 149 votes against.

Village officials explained that the money from this levy goes into the village’s General Fund for operating the Village Building and the Police Department.

The current expenses levy will produce an estimated $48,553.41 per year. The owner of $100,000 home would pay $115.64 per year.

Park and Recreational:

The levy for maintaining services regarding park and recreational was a renewal for 2 mills for 5 years. The levy received 218 votes for and 141 votes against.

Village officials explained that the money from this levy goes toward operating and maintaining services at the Margaret Ann Pool and Park during the summer months.

The Parks and Rec levy will produce an estimated $25,554.42 per year. The owner of $100,000 home would pay $60.86 per year.

Street Lighting:

The levy for street lighting was a renewal of 1.5 mills with an increase of 1.2 mills for 5 years. The levy received 197 votes for and 162 votes against.

This levy, village officials stated, pays the utility bills to keep the Village of Oak Hill’s lights on.

The Street Lights levy would produce an estimated $36,715.94 per year. The owner of $100,000 home would pay $87.65 per year.

Residents living in Scioto Township decided on a fire protection services levy.

The levy was a replacement for 3 mills for 5 years. The voters voted in favor of passing the levy, with 208 votes for and 65 votes against.

The fire protection levy will produce an estimated $105,396.66 per year. The owner of $100,000 home would pay $105.00 per year.

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