The Montgomery County Human Services Levy passed easily Tuesday, receiving about three of every four votes.
The 8-year renewal levy will help fund safety-net programs for children in crisis, the developmentally disabled, the frail elderly and indigent — as well as those whose lives are upended by opioids.
“We couldn’t be more pleased that the voting citizens here in Montgomery County understand that our most vulnerable citizens really need our assistance,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge.
A Human Services Levy has never been rejected by county voters.
The portion passed by voters accounts for about $52 million annually and buttresses an overall budget that directly assists about 50,000 people a year.
Services such as immunizations, restaurant inspections, and air and water quality monitoring are critical to every citizen’s well-being and health, according to the county.
Five main Montgomery County agencies receive the majority of the levy funding: the Board of Developmental Disabilities Services, Children Services, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) board, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and the Area Agency on Aging.
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Montgomery County commissioners called for no additional funding this year, keeping the eight-year renewal levy at 6.03 mills, the current level. If voters pass this year’s renewal, known as Levy B, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would continue to pay about $185 per year in property tax, according to the county auditor’s office.
Voters in November 2014 approved a measure for Levy A that added 1 mill. At 8.21 mills, Levy A generated about $74.2 million in 2017.