Health department seeks replacement levy

SANDUSKY Erie County Health Commissioner Pete Schade requested a 0.3 mill replacement levy be placed
MIKE FITZPATRICK
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Erie County Health Commissioner Pete Schade requested a 0.3 mill replacement levy be placed on the November ballot during Thursday's Erie County Commissioners meeting

The replacement levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $9.19 a year and would generate $654,738 a year, according to documents provided by Schade. The Erie County Health Department currently is funded in part by three separate levies: a .20 mill, a .30 mill and a .50 mill. In 2007, those levies generated about $2.14 million, or 35 percent of the department's $6.2 million budget, Schade said.

Schade also informed the commissioners of the department's plan to conduct a public health infrastructure functional exercise on June 16-17. In the exercise, Erie County is struck by a pandemic flu outbreak, Schade said.

"It's going to test our capability to respond in a drill rather than just in a table top capacity where you sit around and look at prediction models," Schade said.