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County voters approve children’s services levy

ELECTION 2013

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Despite a depressed turnout, voters narrowly approved Logan County Children’s Services five-year, 1.15-mills levy by an unofficial tally of 4,383-4,248.

The levy to raise $1.2 million annually to support abused and neglected children was the sole countywide issue in Tuesday’s election, which saw 29.6 percent of the county’s registered voters participate.

“We couldn’t be more thankful for the tremendous support of voters in this county for teaming up with us to protect vulnerable children in our community,” Children’s Services Executive Director Melanie Engle said Tuesday night. “This levy goes towards keeping children safe.

“A lot of thanks goes to our levy committee for its work spreading the word about the levy.”

Mrs. Engle attributed the close race to low voter turnout. She said the community’s approval of the levy is an affirmation of the work done at children’s services.

“We always act in the best interest of the kids and I think the community understands that, as shown by approval of this levy,” Mrs. 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, Mrs. Engle said.

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