Senior Services Levy is Issue 1

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The senior services levy will be Issue 1 on the May ballot in Franklin County, and its job 1 for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) to educate folks on how important the levy is in keeping folks independent and in their homes. This is the levy’s 6th time on the ballot.  It is administered by the Franklin County Office on Aging and funds the Franklin County Senior Options Program.  COAAA is a partner agency and does in home assessments, in home care management and provider monitoring on behalf of the Office on Aging. 

The levy provides funds for much needed services for Franklin County seniors who are 60 years of age and older.  These services help older adults live independently in their homes and also help family members who are caring for an older frail family member or a loved one with limited abilities.  Some of the services offered through the Senior Options program include homemaking, home delivered meals, personal care assistance and transportation.  Over 9,000 older adults receive  services annually.  These ongoing services can delay the need for institutional care and can reduce return trips after a hospital admission.  The program is good for families and prevents more expensive care.

The levy ends at the end of the year and the ballot issue will ask Franklin County residents to vote on a renewal of the levy and a tax increase.  A tax increase is needed because there will not be enough funds at the end of the year to pay for services provided through the Senior Options program.  Currently, the owner of a $100,000 home pays $40 for the levy.  An increase, if approved, would mean the same homeowner would pay $55 annually.  If the levy were to fail, there would be a loss of more than 650,000 home delivered meals, more than 2 million miles of transportation and more than 116,000 hours of light housekeeping service. 

Franklin County residents must verify income/assets and must have an unmet need in order to qualify for services.  Services are based on a sliding fee scale.  When Senior Options was started in 1993, it was the largest senior services levy in the country.  

Franklin County Senior Options

 

 


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