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Developmental disabilities levies approved

Susan McMillan • May 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM

The boards of developmental disabilities in both Huron and Sandusky counties had reason to celebrate Tuesday night after voters approved their levies.

The board in Huron County serves about 500 residents and will continue to collect their 1 mill levy, which was renewed. The levy contributes $1 million to the agency's budget of about $5.5 million.

"We went out full-bore and tried to provide Huron County citizens with the information they needed to be able to continue to support us as they have in the past," superintendent Dee Zeffiro-Krenisky said. "I think Huron County endorses the services that are provided through Christie Lane, and they have for years."

The levy received approval from 73.2 percent of voters.

The Sandusky County board's levy, which raised taxes slightly, was approved by a narrower margin, 57 percent to 43 percent.

The replacement of the 2-mill levy will bring the agency an additional $260,000 per year. The levy will raise $2.35 million per year, about one-third of the operating budget.

The additional money will offset some funding losses from other sources and help cover the increasing cost of contracted services, said Lisa Edris, president of the board.

"We try very, very hard to be extremely good stewards of our money," Edris said. "We seem to be able to do the best we can with what we have, but it gets tight, and it can be difficult."

Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities

1-mill levy (renewal)

For: 4,112

Against: 1,508

Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities

2-mill levy (replacement)

See complete coverage of Tuesday's election in today's Register or e-paper

For: 5,880

Against: 4,449

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