Politics
7:15 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities Seeks Levy Approval

The Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities is asking voters to approve an 8-year, additional levy on Election Day.

The board had the same issue rejected last November. In 2012, voters handed the board its first levy defeat since 1967.

"If we are unsuccessful in passing our levy, we will have to cut some of the folks that we currently are serving," says Jennifer Rousculp, the Board Superintendent. She says cuts would hit home care services and self-sufficiency programs for the developmentally disabled.

The agency projects a near $4 million deficit next year after losing $2 million in state funding. Without new funds, people with developmental disabilities could be waiting years to get services.

"We have made administrative cuts over the last five years so that we would not have to go back to the voter," Rousculp explains. "When you've make those cuts you're now at a point where the number of people needing services has increased and our dollars have only stretched so far."

If approved, the 1.75-mill levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $62.00 per year.