Council on Aging levy to be submitted for Nov. ballot

By Sarah Hawley

POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners approved a request from the Meigs County Council on Aging Thursday for the placement of a new 1.6 mill levy on the November 2017 ballot.

The request letter from Council on Aging Executive Director Beth Shaver states that the agency is requesting a new 1.6 mill, five-year levy to be placed on the ballot. The levy would in essence replace the 1.1 mill and .5 mill levies currently in place for the agency which expire at the end of 2017.

According to figures from Meigs County Auditor Mary Byer-Hill, the 1.6 mill levy would generate $617,485.20 annually if 100 percent of taxes were collected.

“The revenues for this tax will be used for senior services in Meigs County that are provided through the Meigs County Council on Aging Inc.

The Meigs County Council on Aging provides numerous services to senior residents of the county, including:

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Congregate Meal Program
  • In-Home Services Assessment
  • Homemaker Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Transportation Services
  • Community Volunteer Program
  • I and R Supportive Services
  • Recreational Activities
  • Wellness Center
  • Catering
  • Income Tax Assistance
  • Educational Presentations
  • Wellness/Prevention
  • “Pages for All Ages”
  • Quality Improvement

While some of the services are specific to seniors, programs such as the wellness center and catering are open to those of all ages.

The mission of the Meigs County Council on Aging is “to provide multi-generational services, programs, activities and resources to our community.”

The approval of levy placement for the Council on Aging comes one week after the Commissioners approved the placement of a levy, with the intent to issue bonds, for the proposed Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility.

Commissioner Tim Ihle stated that the paperwork for that levy was submitted to the Board of Elections on Wednesday and sent to the Secretary of State for approval to be placed on the November ballot. No word had been received as of Thursday from the Secretary of State.

With the deadline for filings for the November election on Aug. 9, before the next regular meeting of the commissioners, a special meeting has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 to consider any changes, corrections or revisions to levies for the November ballot.

By Sarah Hawley