Seneca County voters approved a renewal of the five-year, 0.8-mill tax levy for Mental Health and Recovery Services. The unofficial totals came in at 16,648 for and 7,202 against.
Nancy Cochran, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board for Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, said she was relieved that voters realize the importance of services for behavioral health.
"They made a good decision for the future of the community," Cochran said. "This makes it solid, the things we've been able to do, and we can keep doing them. I'm looking at things like the Family Intervention Court."
Crisis Intervention Training and the 2012 Seneca County Health Assessment are two important programs that will be able to continue in Seneca County. The levy will benefit many while costing each tax-payer about $2.04 per month.
"We had a lot of volunteers out there helping put up yard signs and talking this up. I think that all helped," Cochran said.
Also, voters approved renewal of a 0.3-mill levy for the Seneca County Commission on Aging. The 5-year levy, which is to cost the average homeowner about $6 or $7 per year, would help provide and maintain services and facilities for senior citizens.