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Board of DD levy will fund growth, thanks to voters' approval

Zoe Greszler • Nov 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Christie Lane’s operating levy passed Tuesday, which means the organization will continue to offer services and programs for the developmentally disabled, as well as to make repairs to the facility. 

The Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD) went to the voters Nov. 6 with a 1-mill, five-year operating levy. Funds will be used for community programs and the maintenance, renovation and/or construction of the board of DD facilities.

The new tax will generate $1,147,158 annually. Once it takes effect, it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $35 each year, and a homestead resident about $26.50 annually. The first payment will begin in 2019.

Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach told the Reflector that since it’s “a current expenses levy,” the generated money will into the DD board’s general fund.

Superintendent Kari Smith has said the levy was needed “because our expenses are outweighed by the funds from the state and federal government.

“Our enrollment numbers are significantly up,” she said in July. “We continue to get cuts from the state. We’ve run as lean as we can.”

The last time the DD board went to the voters was Nov. 3, 2015 for a 1-mill, five-year current expenses levy, which passed and expires with tax year 2020.

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