Children Services, Monroe Twp. fire department seek levy renewals

By J Swygart -

LIMA — Tax levy renewal proposals will appear on the May 4 ballot for the Allen County Children Services and the Monroe Township Fire Department. Renewals result in no additional tax burden on residents and simply continue a tax rate established when the levy was first presented to voters.

Children Services

The Allen County Children Services agency is asking voters countywide for their continued support at the ballot box on May 4 by approving a .5-mill, 5-year levy renewal. The proceeds from the levy, which amount to more than $900,000 annually, are used for the care and placement of children throughout the county.

“Since 2016, the opiate epidemic has affected children and families in Allen County as it has across the state and country. It’s estimated 80 percent of families receiving services at our agency have parental drug use,” said Sarah Newland, executive director of the Allen County Children Services agency.

“The opiate epidemic that hit our community a few years ago continues to plague families and children in Allen County. Placements for children who cannot safely remain in their own homes continue to rise at our agency due to the increased, complex needs of children,” Newland said.

On May 4 Children Services will ask residents for their continued support of the agency’s renewal levy. It will not raise taxes and costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $17.50 annually, according to information provided by the agency.

“This levy is one of two that accounts for about 40 percent of our agency’s funding and allows our agency to receive matching state and federal funding. By protecting and helping our community’s most vulnerable children, the levy is an investment in the future of the community,” Newland said.

This levy was first approved by taxpayers in 1996 and has continued to be renewed for the past 25 years.

“Our agency takes seriously the trust citizens have placed with us and pledges to focus on child protection with fiscal responsibility,” Newland said.

Monroe Township Fire District

The Monroe Township Fire District is seeking voter approval of a .5-mill, 5-year renewal for fire and EMS protection. According to a spokeswoman in the Allen County Auditor’s Office, the levy is projected to raise $23,458 this year.

Wes Buettner, chief of the Cairo-Monroe Township Fire Department, said funds generated by the levy are used for maintenance and upkeep of fire and EMS vehicles.

“Residents have been generous over the years. We don’t seem to have much trouble getting fire levies passed,” said Buettner. “Most residents realize that we are a vital part of the community.”

The chief said he hopes that widespread support continues on May 4.

By J Swygart

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