11/9/2017 4:08:00 PM Walker, Price: Thanks for levy support Both leaders have good plans with youth, elderly levy
South Central Ohio Job and Services Executive Director Jody Walker (pictured) recently discussed the need for the levy and related issues with the Vinton County Commissioners. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)
Both South Central Ohio Job and Family Services Director Jody Walker and Vinton County Senior Citizens Director Rhoda Price were pleased that a new tax levy which will provide services for both the youth and elderly was approved by countywide voters in Tuesday's general election.
After a previous defeat, Vinton County voters approved the countywide 1.5-mill levy by an affirmative vote of 1,406 to 1.266. The levy will continue for 10 years. Program leaders believe the levy proceeds will have positive impacts on for both youth and elderly clients and that much hard work went into the project to ensure its passage.
On the youth end, Walker pointed out the extra revenue will go toward ever increasing expenses associated with children's foster care, medical issues, and educational expenses. When he introduced the levy to the county commissioners, those were the key issues.
Walker wants the Vinton Countians to know that money from this levy will be spent only in Vinton County and not in Hocking or Ross counties, which are also part of the South Central Job and Family Services district. The levy proceeds will be having positive effect on both groups and much hard work went into the project to ensure its passage.
As far as the older citizens are concerned, Price hopes the money will be used to buy a "hot-shot vehicle" so more hot meals, as opposed to cold ones, can be delivered to more than 90 members. She added the Senior Citizens Center also benefited from the passage of the 317 Board levy because the senior citizens' program receives funding for its Outreach Program. The 317 Board provides drug, alcohol and mental health services in Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties.
Price also hopes the center will now be able to redirect some funds because of transporting fewer people to out-of-county grocery stores.
She stated while some people still want to travel out of the county for groceries, but that more and more are choosing to shop at the new Campbell's Market in McArthur. She also stated the center is buying merchandise there as well and has an account set up. Buying locally will also cut the program's expenses in buying food.
"All we ever wanted to do was to have enough money to provide good services for our seniors without going into the red," said Price.
Both leaders point out they appreciate the confidence of the voters and vow to spend the money wisely.