Services For Aging, Inc. has been serving the seniors of Huron County for more than 35 years and is asking voters to help them continue those services for five more years. In order to do so, the levy renewal they have placed on the ballot this Nov. 4 will need to pass.
"Because of the current economic situation, the board of trustees made the decision to place the levy on the ballot as a renewal and not ask for a replacement," said executive director Lucinda Smith. "They hope that with no additional taxes involved, the citizens of Huron County will vote to help us continue to provide the much needed services for an additional five years." Services for Aging's current levy will expire at the end of 2009, making the renewal effective beginning 2010.
Since the current levy came into effect in 2005, the agency has served more than 231,500 meals and provided more than 95,000 rides to seniors in the county. In addition, they have expanded their services to include everything from prescription assistance to art instruction. These services and more are offered at both the agency's Norwalk and Willard centers.
"Levy dollars make up about 44 percent of our budget. With declining state and federal funding, rising operating costs, and an increasing senior population using our services, the levy is an import part of our operating budget," Smith said.