German Village Gazette

Issue 56

Franklin County Senior Options levy passes

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Franklin County voters once again came through for the Senior Options program.

Issue 56 passed 317,804 (62.56 percent) to 190,157 (37.44) on Nov. 6, according to final but 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.

There was some concern that there was no ballot langauge identifying the measure as Senior Options, something that didn't appear to be an issue.

"I am so pleased that we can continue to help seniors stay safely at home," said Toni Carroll, director of the Franklin County Office on Aging. "This campaign was challenging but we had a great group of dedicated volunteers who pushed us over the top."

The agency facing the "silver tsunami" -- an expansion of the senior population by 25 to 33 percent by 2020, Carroll said.

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.

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