The Marion County Commissioners recently voted unanimously to approve placing a renewal levy on the November 2020 ballot. This Senior Services Levy is administered by the Marion County Council on Aging and used to provide a wide range of services for older adults here in Marion County. Services that are funded include transportation options, in-home care services, home-delivered meals, personal shopping, adult day care and caregiver respite, as well as other supportive and information & referral assistance.
According to Marion County Auditor Joan Kasotis, if passed by the voters, the 5-year, 0.8 mill levy would provide slightly over $800,000 annually, and cost the average $100,000 homeowner just $19.08 per year. As this is a renewal, there will be no new taxes to pay for its passage. The Senior Services Levy was first approved by Marion County voters in 2006 by a 66% to 34% margin; the Council on Aging is still operating at the same level of funding. Council on Aging Executive Director JoEllen King also stresses that our Marion Council on Aging receives no federal or state funds to supplement the local levy funds.
Each month, levy-funded services help hundreds of local seniors with basic assistance, allowing them to remain living in their own homes with safety and independence. This is not only a benefit to our local seniors, but also to their families and caregivers, and indeed to our entire community. Ms. King also stresses that Council on Aging services are locally developed and managed, making them specifically geared to the needs of our Marion County seniors. This local control also makes the services very cost-effective!
For additional information on the Marion County Council on Aging and the Senior Services Levy, please call 740.387.0401