December 21, 2014

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Voters OK new money for Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities

ELYRIA — Voters on Tuesday backed the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ first bid for new levy money in 10 years.

According to unofficial election returns, voters across the county voted 18,275, or 66.3 percent, in favor of the levy, which will generate about $10.58 million per year. 9,295 voters, or 33.7 percent, voted against the 1.69-mill replacement levy.

Amber Fisher, the board’s superintendent, said she was grateful for the support of voters.

“We are, needless to say, thrilled. This is a really important day for people with developmental disabilities in Lorain County,” she said.

Board officials had warned that without an infusion of new money services for the county’s developmentally disabled children and adults would be affected.

Although the board has made cuts in recent years to make up for cuts from the state and other revenue sources, expenditures were still outpacing revenues. Without the replacement levy, the agency was projecting about $35 million in revenues this year, but the budget were expected to be around $36.4 million.

“People have a lot of sympathy and buy-in of our mission and recognize we’re good stewards of our funding,” Fisher said.

Before voters approved the increase, the levy was expected to bring in around $8.69 million.

The cost to the owner of a home valued at $100,000 for the new levy will be $51.10 per year.

Issue 1

  • What it is: A 1.69-mill replacement levy.
  • Duration: 5 years.
  • How much it raises: $10.58 million annually.
  • Purpose: Funding for Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
  • Cost to homeowner: The owner of a $100,000 home pays $51.10 per year.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.