(Posted June 11, 2015)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Madison County Senior Center will be on the Nov. 3 ballot, asking voters to renew a 0.8-mill operating levy.
The current levy expires at the end of 2015. The renewal request is for five years. The levy generates $600,000 annually and is the center’s primary source of funding.
“We’re real good stewards of the funds. That’s why we don’t have to ask voters for more money. We’re just asking for a renewal. It won’t be a change for the taxpayers,” said Misty Bradley, executive director.
The levy funds go toward maintenance and operation of the building, as well as programs and services.
Programs are designed to give seniors a wide array of opportunities to remain active mentally and physically, from wood carving, painting and quilting to aerobics, yoga, bowling and line dancing. The center also offers diabetes, weight loss, and grief support groups.
Services include adult day care, which provides care for loved ones and respite for their caregivers. Help with independent living includes transportation and homemaking services. Eligible seniors also can receive financial assistance with expenses such as utility bills and medical bills.
Anyone who is 55 or older is eligible to be a senior center member. Dues are $15 per year. (Some grant-funded programs require a minimum age of 60.)
One service that is open to anyone, no matter their age, is the Senior Café. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $4 for seniors and $4.75 for all others. Carryout meals are $4.75 for all ages.
The center’s governing board includes Bradley, president Tim Stonecipher, vice president Joe Slagle, secretary Shirley Witwer, Jean King, Sharon Manion, Ada Cochran, Larry Gessel, Ron Cress and Dave Deck.
The center is located at 280 W. High St., London, and is open Monday through Friday. For more information about the levy or the center’s programs and services, call (740) 852-3001.