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Commissioners OK taking DD board operating levy to voters

Cary Ashby • Jul 25, 2018 at 4:00 AM

It’s official: The Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD) will go to the voters in November with an operating levy.

On Tuesday, the commissioners approved the intent to proceed to the Nov. 6 election. The 1-mill, five-year, new tax will generate $1,147,158 annually. If it passes, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $35 each year and a homestead resident $26.50 annually. The first payment would be in 2019.

“This one actually puts the levy on the ballot,” said Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Randy Strickler, who serves as the commissioners’ legal counsel.

The operating levy will be for community programs and the maintenance, renovation and/or construction of the board of DD facilities, according to what the commissioners passed Tuesday. During a meeting earlier this month, the commissioners approved the first part of the process — having county auditor Roland Tkach certify the current tax value and “the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by the levy if approved by the voters.” 

Tkach earlier told the Reflector that since it’s “a current expenses levy,” the generated money should go into the general fund of the DD board.

Superintendent Kari Smith has said the levy is needed “because our expenses are outweighed by the funds from the state and federal government.

“Our enrollment numbers are significantly up,” she said. “We continue to get cuts from the state. We’ve run as lean as we can.”

The last time the DD board went to the voters was Nov. 3, 2015 for a 1-mill, five-year current expenses levy, which passed and expires with tax year 2020.

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