|Voters to see senior citizen levy on Nov. 5 ballot|
|Friday, October 25, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DELPHOS — Allen County voters are being asked to support a .3-mill 5-year replacement Senior Citizen Services levy on the ballot on Nov. 5.
Director of the Delphos Senior Citizens Center Joyce Hale said the replacement levy is something different than past levies. The levy is a replacement based on current land valuation as compared to the original 1989 levy.
Monies generated from this levy will provide services and facilities for senior citizens in Allen County served by the following agencies: Allen County Council on Aging, Inc.; Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc.; Senior Citizens Services, Inc.; and Senior Citizens Association of Bluffton.
“The $616,365 generated by the levy will remain in Allen County and all of it comes back to our communities,” Hale said. “All the money that comes to us comes with an obligation to meet the communities’ needs.”
The agencies work very closely together and offer different services and assistance. Each facility provides information and referrals to residents guiding them to any programs and services offered at the other county and state agencies.
“For example, Delphos Senior Citizens Center does not have a swimming pool,” Hale said. “If a resident in Delphos needs a pool for water therapy, we can give them all the information they need and even transport them to the Lima facility, which does have a pool.”
Delphos Senior Citizens provides many services at no charge and do accept donations for services.
Funds received by the agencies from the levy will be used to provide services for Allen County elderly residents. Funds are also matched with federal and state grant monies to increase local service dollars and bring taxpayers’ dollars back into our county.
“Elderly persons in our county have given much of themselves to make Allen County a wonderful place to live,” Hale said. “We provide services to help seniors live productive, healthier and independent lives so that they may remain living in their own homes with dignity and choice as long as possible.”
As the population ages, the demand for service increases. Service dollars are stretched to their limits.
The services provided contribute to a better quality of life for senior citizens within Allen County.
Passage of the replacement levy will help provide services and assistance, including the Elderly Day Care Center, living wills, durable power of attorney/healthcare, Homestead Exemption, home-delivered meals, health and wellness programs, income tax forms, monthly blood glucose screens, review of medications, prescription assistance apps, senior fitness classes, caregivers’ training and support groups and many others.
Hale said the levy passed the last time with 75 percent of the vote. Although times are hard, she is confident that if people get out and vote, the levy will pass.
“An Allen County resident owning a $50,000 home would pay $5.25 per year,” Hale said.
For more information, call Hale at the center at 419-692-1331.