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Mental health, developmental disabilities levies pass

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The two countywide issues on the ballot easily passed Tuesday night, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections.

Issue 4, a five-year, 0.6-mill renewal operating levy for the Lorain County Board of Mental Health, passed with 74 percent, or 30,320 votes.

“We’re so thankful for the people in Lorain County that allowed this to pass and for us to continue our services,” Executive Director Kathleen Kern said about the levy, which generates $3.6 million annually for the board’s operating costs.

The board has an annual budget of about $11.5 million and 85 percent of the funding for the budget comes from two levies — the one voters approved Tuesday and another

1.2-mill levy that was last renewed in 2014 for 10 years and generates $6.5 million annually.

The mental health board levy will cost taxpayers $16.32 a year per $100,000 of property owned.

Issue No. 5, a 1.6875-mill renewal levy for the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities, was approved with 76 percent, or 30,808 votes.

The levy is expected to bring in about $10.9 million annually and will cost taxpayers $49.63 a year per $100,000 of property owned.

Board Superintendent Amber Fisher has said the levy brings in more than 30 percent of the agency’s funding for the Murray Ridge Center, which provides and funds services for 2,000 local children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Some of the services the levy supports include early intervention, Murray Ridge School, adult day and vocational services programs, family support programs and residential services.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Find her at facebook.com/KatieHNix or on Twitter @KatieHNix.


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