Voters in Allen County approve renewal levies


First Posted: 11/4/2014

LIMA — Voters approved renewal levies that would not raise taxes but when Monroe Township officials asked for more money, the answer was “no” Tuesday.

The request for additional money was defeated in Monroe Township by 54 percent for and 46 percent against. The levy was for an additional 1 mill for current expenses for five years.

Allen County Children Services was a big winner Tuesday with 63 percent of voters approving the renewal of the five-year levy that has been in place since 1985 and has received the support of taxpayers ever since.

Children Services Executive Director Cyndi Scanland said she was very pleased by the support. She said the $1.39 million is important to the agency.

“The levy funding is the most flexible funding available to us and it represents about 44 percent of our funding. Everything from investigations to assessments responding to abuse and neglect,” Scanland said.

The agency initiated 967 new cases in 2013 for investigation handed assessments involving 2,334 children.

From 2008 to 2012, the number of alleged child abuse and neglect reports investigated by the staff rose by 62 percent but during the same time, state and federal funding decreased significantly.

In other races, voters in the village of Cairo approved a renewal levy with 66 percent of the vote for a 2.5 mill renewal levy for current expenses for five years.

Voters in Bluffton approved with 55 percent of the vote Sunday liquor sales for Laxmi Distributors LLC/Marathon from 11 a.m. to midnight for beer, wine and mixed beverages.