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Sandusky Co. health levy up for renewal

Tom Jackson • Jun 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Sandusky County health department plans to put a renewal levy on the ballot in November to renew the county’s local support for five years.

Meanwhile, the three-county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board will decide next week whether to call for a new levy. If the board goes forward, it also will be on the November ballot, said Nancy Cochran, executive director of the board.

The Sandusky County Health Department passed replacement levies in 2003 and 2008, said David Pollick, health commissioner for the county.

This time, the county will ask voters for a 0.5 mill renewal levy that would bring in about $500,000 a year for five years.

That would allow the health department to keep a vital financial lifeline, he said.

“We can’t function without that,” he said.

Pollick said if the mental health board also goes on the ballot, it would make passage a little tougher, although he said he does support mental health services.

“It’s just difficult to have two levies out at the same time,” he said.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties has passed levies in Seneca and Wyandot counties, but so far it has failed to get a levy passed in Sandusky County, Cochran said.

“People don’t seem to be amenable to a new levy,” she said.

The board will decide Thursday whether to try again with a 0.8 mill levy that would bring in $900,000 a  year, she said.

If that levy passes, all of the money would stay in Sandusky County to provide services, Cochran said.

“If we place it in Sandusky County, the services can only be delivered for Sandusky County residents,” she said.

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