Created on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 Written by MANDY LOEHR
Following several years of budget cuts and personnel reductions, Logan County District Board of Health members approved at their Wednesday afternoon meeting a proposal to place a 10-year, 0.75-mill levy on the May ballot.
If passed by voters, this issue would provide about $750,000 annually for the agency to support programming and staffing.
Members noted that the Logan County Commissioners first must approve this levy request from the health board before it will officially be placed on the ballot.
Such a funding request from the health district has not appeared on the ballot since 2008. At that time, voters turned down several attempts to replace a 10-year levy that expired at the end of 2008.
So beginning in 2009, the agency has been funded each year by $500,000 in inside millage appropriated through the county budget commission. Each of the townships and municipalities currently contributes toward this inside millage total.
With this new method of funding came a number of layoffs and the reduction of programs, especially in the nursing division and in health education initiatives.
If the new levy request is approved, then the health district no longer will utilize inside millage, giving the townships and municipalities a break, members noted.
For additional information about the levy, see Thursday’s Examiner.