The Washington County Commissioners approved Thursday the disbursement of several thousand dollars in senior levy money to the O'Neill Center in Marietta and Washington-Morgan Community Action.
According to the agreements they signed, about 58 percent of the money - or $584,539 - will go to the O'Neill Center for its homemaking and Alzheimer's respite services, senior transportation and adult day health services, social services and chores/minor home maintenance services.
About seven percent of the money, totaling about $71,365, will go to the center for its prescription assistance program.
The commissioners agreed to distribute about 32 percent of the money - or about $320,390 - to Washington-Morgan Community Action for its home delivered meals program and homemaker aide service, as well as its congregate meal sites in the Barlow/Bartlett and Belpre areas and its site manager in New Matamoras.
"The percentages are the same as they've been and the dollar amounts are just estimates," said commissioner Tim Irvine.
The senior services levy was renewed by voters in the November election. It is expected to raise approximately $1 million a year and will cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $26.03 annually.
In addition to the O'Neill Center and Washington-Morgan Community Action, the money also goes to senior centers in the county.
In other business:
The commissioners approved a letter to be sent to White Oak Sewer Association customers, alerting them to the fact that they will soon be receiving bills from the county in the first week of each month in the amount of $56.
The commissioners signed a document in December that allows for sewage from those customers to be sent into the county's system and a tie-in is planned for Jan. 30, according to commissioner Cora Marshall.
"The county isn't taking over the operation of the wastewater plant - we are taking ownership of the force main for the approximately 60 customers there," she said. "This is a letter to the residential users. There will be another letter for business owners."
Jean Yost, president of the association, has said the majority of the customers that will be tied in are residential and they are currently paying $35 a month for service.
Marshall noted Thursday that sales tax income in November was higher than it has been in the same month in recent years.
According to figures she provided, sales tax in November of last year was $574,699. That compares to $516,185 in November of 2010 and $484,226 in November of 2009.
"It appears local people may be buying more locally," she said. "This is money that goes into the county general fund and the sales tax is what we fund the townships from."