May 4, 2015

Medina
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Health agency seeks replacement levy

By ALLISON WOOD
Staff Writer

MEDINA TWP. — The passage of a levy would allow the Medina County Health Department to continue services even as the office loses some of its funding from the state, Health Commissioner Dr. Daniel Raub said.

To meet its rising needs, the health department will have a 10-year, 0.27-mill replacement levy on the Nov. 4 ballot to help fund current services and programs. The property tax currently brings in about $1 million a year and, if passed, the five-year levy would generate about $1.3 million annually, the county auditor’s office reported.

Property owners would pay $8.51 a year per $100,000 of appraised valuation, which is a slight increase, the auditor’s office reported. Residents currently pay $6.76 annually per $100,000 of appraised valuation.

“For what they get, I think it’s a bargain,” Raub said.

About 45 percent of the agency’s budget comes from two property tax levies, with the rest from fees (about 22 percent), along with state and federal funding.

Raub said the Ohio Department of Health was told to cut its budget by 4.75 percent, which eventually will trickle down to the county offices. The state provides a subsidy to the county office and funds children’s health programs.

The agency consists of five divisions: administration, which provides birth and death certificates; environmental, which conducts inspections and does mosquito sprayings; health promotion; nursing, which offers immunizations, and medical and dental services; and the Women, Infants and Children program, which provides supplemental food and nutritional services to mothers and young children.

Wood may be reached at 330-721-4050 or allisonwood@ohio.net.