Issue 56

Franklin County Senior Options levy passes


Franklin County voters approved the senior options levy at the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Issue 56 was passing 298,990 votes (62.62 percent) to 178,453 (37.38), with 1,043 of 1,099 precincts reporting at 11:15 p.m. Nov. 6, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The five-year, 1.3-mill senior-services levy will cost homeowners $39.81 a year per $100,000 in home value – a $12.79 increase. It is expected to raise $34 million annually.

Issue 56 is an increase from the current 0.9-mill levy set to expire at the end of the year. It is expected to raise $34 million annually for Franklin County Senior Options, the name of the program.

The Franklin County Office on Aging is facing the “silver tsunami” – an expansion of the senior population by 25 to 33 percent by 2020, said Antonia Carroll, director of the agency.

The agency also is facing a $1.62 million annual deficit because of the state’s elimination of the tangible personal property tax and declining property valuations, she said.

The agency annually provides 550,000 home delivered meals, 1.3 million miles of medical transportation and 18,000 days of adult daycare.

In 2011, the office on aging served 56,000 people.