Around the Miami Valley
3:57 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Issue 25 a Must for Clark County Disabilities Board

Clark County Disabilities Board Superintendent Jennifer Rousculp

Clark County Voters will be asked to approve Issue 25 on November 6. The Developmental Disabilities Board is seeking approval of a new, 1.75-mill, eight year levy.

If passed, Issue 25 will generate $4 million for the board and help the organization continue to provide a wide range of services for the disabled community.

Board Superintendent Jennifer Rousculp says taxpayer money has always been used wisely and voters can be assured that the new levy money will be handled the same way.

"In 2003, we said that we wouldn't need to come back to the voter for five years. We've  stayed of the ballot for going on nine years. And The reason we've been able to do that is we're very fiscally prudent with our dollars," Rousculp said. "We have made some significant changes in our efficiency and how we have been able to maximize bringing in medicaid dollars at the federal level in order for us to continue services and not be so reliant on our local tax dollars."

But the Board will face a $4.7 million budget shortage in 2013 if the levy doesn't pass. If it is successful, then programs would be safe for at least another eight years.

"If we are successful on November 6, then we will not need to come back to the voter until 2020. And we take great pride in using our dollars very efficiently for this community," Rousculp said.

Passage of the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $61 a year.