Board of Developmental Disabilities plans ballot issue


(Posted July 1, 2015)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is counting on continued support from the community.

The board’s 1.3-mill levy for operating expenses expires on Dec. 31. A request for a five-year renewal will be placed before voters in the Nov. 3 election. The cost of the levy to the homeowner would continue to be $25.42 per year per $100,000 of property valuation.

According to Jim Canney, MCBDD superintendent, the levy generates about $1 million per year, which accounts for approximately one-sixth of the agency’s annual budget. Funding for the rest of the budget comes from state and federal sources.

Voters originally passed the levy in 1995 and have renewed or replaced it every five years since.

MCBDD provides support to children and adults in Madison County who have developmental disabilities. Programs and services range from early intervention and preschool education to health services, employment exploration, transportation, housing and recreation. All services are designed to help people live, learn and work in the community.

For details, visit, call (740) 852-7050 or email

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