July 23, 2016

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County voters OK Board of Developmental Disabilities levy

Medina County voters approved the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities levy by a healthy margin Tuesday.

The levy is a 1.9-mill permanent replacement tax. Even though the millage is the same as the 1995 levy it replaces, it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $30 a year, raising the total cost to about $60 annually.

The levy is expected to bring in $8.1 million a year and collections would begin in 2013.

Board Superintendent Greg LaForme said the levy will allow the board to maintain the same level of services it now provides.

“We are very thankful to the voters of Medina County,” LaForme said Tuesday night. “We view this vote as an affirmation of our good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”

The board provides people with developmental disabilities with education, job training and placement; transportation; residential support; physical, occupational and speech therapy; autism services; and early intervention.

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