Commissioners support senior center levy

Madison County Senior Citizen director Misty Bradley explains to county commissioners the need to renew the .8 mill levy in the fall.

The director of the Madison County Senior Citizen Center received support on Monday from Madison County Commissioners for the center’s bid for levy renewal in the fall.

Misty Bradley senior citizen center director said the .8-mill levy, which will be a renewal for five years, will generate approximately $600,000 annually. Bradley described the budget as “tight,” which demands she and the staff be “very good stewards of funds.”

Bradley said the levy provides funds for many needs including the mortgage, utilities and maintenance. The levy also provides for adult care, the senior cafe and a number of activities designed to keep those over the age of 55 active.

“If you are not active, you’ll have a tough time with the golden years,” Bradley said.

Physical activities include aerobics, chair yoga, tai chi, and chair volleyball.

“You have to keep mentally and physically stimulated or you won’t enjoy your senior years,” Bradley said.

Bradley said they have added visits by a podiatrist for senior foot care. Initially the person visited the center once a month, but has added a day because of demand.

As the senior population grows over the coming years, there will be more demands placed on the center.

“I wish we had more staff and more money and we could help more people,” Bradley said.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.