Health District to seek operating levy renewal

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(Posted July 23, 2015)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County-London City Health District is one more in a long list of entities placing levy requests on the Nov. 3 election ballot.

Like most of the others, the health district is seeking straight renewal of an existing levy, meaning no new taxes. The district’s 1-mill operating levy expires at the end of this year. The renewal request is for another five years. The levy was first passed in 2002.

The levy generates approximately $690,000 a year, which represents a little under half of the health district’s annual budget, said Mary Ann Webb, health commissioner. The remaining funding comes from grants and fees.

The levy costs homeowners $17.15 per $100,000 property valuation per year, according to the Madison County Auditor’s Office. That amount would remain the same if the levy is renewed.

The health district board voted unanimously on July 13 to seek a resolution from the Madison County commissioners to place the renewal on the ballot. Board members are Teresa Ames, Dr. Katherine Binns, Linda Houser and Robin Kimbler.

On July 20, the Madison County com-missioners approved the ballot resolution.

“The health district does an outstanding job. They are a vital part of our com-munity,” said Commissioner David Dhume.

“They’ve demonstrated efficient funds management and cost effectiveness,” said Commissioner Paul Gross.

Commissioner Mark Forrest commented on the importance of the services the district provides, such as programs for children’s wellness. He said those services help to prevent what could otherwise be lifelong health issues.

The health district’s 2014 annual report details the agency’s services. For a copy of the report or more information about the levy, contact the district office at (740) 852-3065 or stop by during regular business hours, 306 Lafayette St., Suite B, London.

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