MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — A levy that impacts everything from restaurants where you eat to the fight against heroin will be decided on by voters in November.
Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge says more than 50,000 people rely on the money generated by the 8.21 mills Human Services levy that will be on the ballot as Issue 11.
The dollars help abused children, seniors and those with developmental disabilities, but they also fund some things you might not expect, like treatment for heroin addicts and restaurant inspections.
“When was the last time you went to a restaurant to eat a good meal,” Dodge asks. “Public Health goes in and inspects every restaurant here in Montgomery County.”
The levy accounts for half of the Human Services budget.
The initial 7.21 mills of it are a renewal of what taxpayers already provide, but one added mill will cost you more.
Without the extra mill, Human Services will lose nearly $5 million next year because of a drop in home values in Montgomery County on top of the more than $16 million it’s cut since 2011.
With the extra mill, the budget will go up by about $4 million.
“It’s not going to cover everything but it’s going to help,” Dodge says.
The last renewal of a Human Services levy passed with 70 percent of the vote.
We wanted to know if the levy is worth it for taxpayers.
“When people go to the polls there are so many issues they say they have a limited income they can only vote for so much, but Human Services encompasses everyone here in Montgomery County,” Dodge says.
The additional mill will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $3 extra per month.
If approved the levy will run for eight years.