Mental health, aging services levies on ballot

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Mircea Handru, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, explains the 0.7-mill, 10-year levy to be used for services within Seneca County Wednesday night.

Community members heard two levy presentations from local organizations Wednesday night during the 2017 Candidates Night, hosted at Tiffin Middle School.

Voters will see a 0.7-mill, 10-year levy on the ballot for the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties. The levy is to provide services the organization provides in Seneca County, according to Mircea Handru, executive director.

The levy would replace one that cannot be renewed, Handru said.

“We did not plan to go and ask for a new levy,” he said. “We had hoped to renew the current levy and we are asking the community to support and pass this levy.”

The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $24.50 a year and generates about $800,000 annually.

It would fund services, such as in-school counselors, drug addiction services, preventative education, Crisis Intervention Team training for law enforcement and round-the-clock crisis services, to name a few, Handru said.

Voters also heard a presentation on a five-year, 0.3-mill levy for the Seneca County Commission on Aging.

The levy generates $248,000 a year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $7.30 a year.

Bryan Glover, executive director, said the commission has been building on the foundation of this levy since 1999.

“Our main mission is to keep seniors 60 years and older in their own homes and active participants of the community,” he said.

Funds go toward services such as transportation, chore services and nutritional services such as Meals-on-Wheels.

The levy allows the commission to continue to receive Federal Title III funding, for which a 15-percent match is required.

Glover said as the meal program continues to grow, the commission keeps bringing more revenue back to Seneca County. In doing so, he said it continues to provide more services to seniors and be a good steward of taxpayer money.