Licking County News

Developmental-disabilities levy ahead in final tally


The leaders of Licking County's Board of Developmental Disabilities gave a sigh of relief last week.

After the Licking County Board of Elections counted late absentee and provisional ballots, the board's levy, which appeared to have failed by eight votes at the polls May 6, ended up passing by 21 votes when the results were certified May 27.

Because the winning margin remains within half of 1 percent of all votes cast, about 105 votes, a recount automatically will take place June 6.

The developmental disabilities board was asking to replace a permanent 1.3-mill property tax, approved by voters in 1999, with one for 1.6 mills.

The board hasn't been defeated at the polls since 1986.

"On behalf of all of the families and people we support, we're obviously thrilled," said board Superintendent Nancy Neely.

With passage, the board's annual revenue would increase from about $3.5 million to about $6 million. It serves nearly twice as many families as it did in 1999, when about 800 were on its rolls, according to board officials.

The levy would cost county homeowners $56 per year per $100,000 of assessed property evaluation.