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Children’s services levy is lone countywide ballot issue

Residents in Russells Point consider new tax for police force

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Early voting continues through Nov. 1 at the Logan County Board of Elections, 225 S. Main St. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: A sign along U.S. Route 33 encourages local residents to support the Russells Point Police Department levy. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

The primary funding mechanism for Logan County Children’s Services represents the sole issue to be considered by all county voters Nov. 5.

Most other election issues are local levy renewals to pay for first responders, the library or cemetery. Many are renewals of existing levies, though some are replacement levies with updated property tax valuations, and one village is asking residents to separately fund its police force with new tax dollars.

County voters have approved the Logan County Children’s Services property tax for more than 40 years, director Melanie Engle said. The children’s services levy represents less than one cent of a given property owner’s tax dollar, but it represents about 51 percent of the agency’s operating budget, according to information provided by the committee to approve the levy.

The five-year, 1.15-mills levy would bring in about $1.2 million each year, according to updated property tax valuations. The levy would cost an owner of a $100,000 property $40.25 each year, according to figures provided by Logan County Auditor Michael E. Yoder.

It was last approved with updated property taxes in 2006, Ms. Engle said.

The levy allows the agency to respond around the clock to reports of child abuse and neglect. It also funds operations of the neighborhood outreach centers at Indian Lake and in Bellefontaine.

“Funds from this levy are directed towards supporting the care, protection and placement of abused, neglected and dependent children,” Ms. Engle said.

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