'Security' of levy funds allow SES to continue food, transportion services

Zoe Greszler • Nov 8, 2018 at 4:00 AM

The Senior Enrichement Services Center will be able to continue offering its food and transportation services after its levy passed Tuesday.

The non-profit organization plans to use the money generated by the five-year tax to “continue providing vital services to our seniors who have given so much to Huron County, no matter where we are located,” executive director Roxanne Sandles said.

The tax for a renewal and increase of 0.6 mill for five years included an increase of about $1.75 to the owner of a $100,000 home, making it $16.55 per year. That small increase though to the tax payers will generate just more than $612,000 each year for the agency. These monies will continue to supply the funds needed to keep SES functioning, Sandles said.

The renewal has passed for the last 25 years. 

“We are blessed beyond measure and very grateful for the continued support for community to provide the meals, and transportation and services that our seniors need and truly deserve.”

The funds will go “directly to the services for the seniors,” including expenses associated with providing food, the operation of service vehicles for transportation and for the staff helping to run the facilitates. 

Sandles said the board originally was looking at putting a replacement levy on the ballot, but later decided against it “because it would cost more to the tax payers.”

“This will help us to keep up with the rising expenses (of food and transportation),” she said. “It means a lot that we’ll continue to keep operations going. Now that we know that we’re secure for the next five years, we can start focusing on finding a new facility to house the services.” 

Sandles said with the funds from the levy stabilizing the organization of the next five years, she hopes it can now proceed “much more quickly” with its plans for a new Norwalk facility and in making renovations to the Willard center.

SES is “working closely with the hospital” to coordinate a safer, more usable center in the former FoodTown property.

“We’re very excited to be moving forward now that have that security from (the tax),” she said. 

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