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December 2010

Ohio Senior Levies Revenue Tops $136 Million
All 13 Senior Services Property Tax Levies Pass on Nov. Ballot

Ohio voters approved all 13 senior services property tax levies on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. These levies will generate more than $16 million in additional annual revenue for local programs and services. Currently, older citizens in 72 counties benefit from levies, including 70 countywide levies and 14 municipal levies. Levies generate more than $136 million statewide each year.

In addition to state and federal funding, several Ohio counties, townships and villages use local senior services tax levies to enhance and expand services to older adults. The services most often funded by these levies include nutrition, transportation, in-home services (such as home delivered meals and home health aides) and senior center administration. Some of the levies also support home repair and chore services, emergency response systems, caregiver assistance and wellness promotion.

Based on a 2006 study by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education, more than 90 percent of Ohio's senior service levies have been successful at the ballot box. The 13 levies on the November ballot captured 64 percent or more of the vote. Defiance (82 percent), Erie (78 percent) and Auglaize (76 percent) counties' senior levies received the highest approval percentages in the state.

County Current Millage Millage Requested Estimated Revenue Type For Against
Butler 2.00 1.30 $10,200,000 Renewal/Decrease 66% 34%
Champaign 0.20 0.20 $110,700 Renewal 64% 36%
Greene 1.00 1.00 $40,000 Renewal 65% 35%
Auglaize 1.00 1.00 $812,000 Renewal 76% 24%
Defiance 1.20 1.20 $800,000 Replacement 76% 24%
Erie 0.50 0.50 $1,134,000 Replacement 82% 18%
Lucas 0.32 0.32 $430,000 Renewal 78% 22%
Marion 0.80 0.80 $750,900 Renewal 65% 35%
Madison 0.80 0.80 $624,329 Renewal 66% 34%
Belmont 0.50 0.50 $450,000 Renewal 71% 29%
Tuscawaras 0.70 0.70 $1,200,000 Renewal 70% 30%
Lake - City of Kirtland 0.850 0.85 $140,000 Renewal 65% 35%
Ashtabula - City of Ashtabula 0.30 0.30 $65,000 Replace 65% 35%
Estimated Total Revenue Generated $16,756,929      

Sources: Ohio News Network, local newspapers, county auditors and county boards of election.
The Department of Aging monitors and tracks levies statewide. A list of current levies, including millage and estimated revenue, is available on the department's Web site.

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