November’s ballot in Madison County will be “heavy on the levy.”
Approval for one more levy renewal, a one-mill levy for five years, was granted by Madison County commissioners to the Madison County-London City Health District on Monday.
Health commissioner Mary Ann Webb and the department’s fiscal officer, Bridget Lane, presented their plea to commissioners for their approval. The current levy expires Dec. 31, 2015.
The levy, which voters first approved in 2002, generates $691,000 of a total revenue of $1.5 million, or “slightly less than 50 percent,” said Webb. Grants, fees, and other health funds comprise the balance.
Commissioner David Dhume called the renewal critical to the financial health of the health department adding the staff “does an outstanding job.”
Adding his personal approval, Commissioner Paul Gross said the health department is “cost effective with every dollar they get.”
Cost to the homeowner of a home valued at $100,000 is $17.15 per year. It reflects the levy being collected at a lower effective tax rate, according to Auditor Jennifer Hunter. The levy is not collected at the full one-mill level.
The effective tax rate is .56 mills.
Webb said more and more the health department is channeling its energies toward prevention.
“Prevention is a huge key,” she said.
The health district provides numerous services including infant immunizations, restaurant/food service inspections, public health emergency preparedness, public health nursing, well child clinic, water, household sewage and plumbing services and more.
Other levies slated to appear on the November ballot include a renewal for the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities, London Public Library and Madison County Senior Citizen Center.
Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.
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