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Editorial: Senior services levy should be approved

October 27, 2011
The Marietta Times

It's been five years since Washington County residents were last asked to approve a levy that generates more than $1 million a year for senior services in the county.

We hope, on Nov. 8, as they're asked to renew the senior levy, residents will once again vote "yes."

The levy provides funding for area senior citizens that greatly improve their quality of life, their health and can mean the difference between being able to live at home or in a health care facility.

Some of the services funded by the senior levy include medical transportation and meals on wheels.

In the last five years, 69,498 hot meals have been delivered to seniors, thanks to the levy money.

In addition to that, another 65,703 meals were served at county senior nutrition sites.

At the same time, these taxpayer dollars were also used to get seniors to important medical appointments they might have otherwise gone without.

The levy also funds more than half of the budget for the O'Neill Center in Marietta, which provides in-home health care, adult day care and much more to seniors daily.

For all that, the levy only costs the owner of a home valued at $100,000 less than $30 a year.

That's not much to ask to provide some vital services to the aging population in our community.

We all hope someone will be there to take care of us when we're older and by voting "yes" Washington County voters can be there for thousands of seniors in the most important ways.



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