Voters should expect to see only one levy placed by the county on the ballot this fall.
The Medina County Commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday to ask voters to renew a five-year, 0.2-mill levy in November. The levy, set to expire at the end of 2017, has been partially funding the Medina County Home since the tax was first approved in 2002, according to the county home website.
A spokesperson from the Medina County auditor’s office said the levy is estimated to bring in $885,000 through property taxes in 2016, costing the owner of a $100,000 home $6.28 annually.
The levy covers more than half of the county home’s $1.3 million budget. Most of the remainder is paid through resident fees. Also, a small amount, about $3,000, comes through revenue from leasing farm land, county administrator Scott Miller said.
The county home, which opened in 1894, provides adult care service and residential custodial care living for a fee. Miller said the average age of residents is slightly older than 40.
“They are individuals that are unable to live on their own,” he said.
He added that the levy provides funding for the county home, which would otherwise come from the county’s general fund.
“Those monies just are not available,” he said, referring to the budget cuts made by the county since the economic recession of 2007-09.
County commissioners had earlier considered placing a 0.25 increase to Medina County’s sales tax on the November ballot. The proposed sales tax issue would have provided additional revenue to the county’s general fund, which draws $10.6 million a year from levies.
Commissioners decided to push back the sales tax proposal, being reluctant to place two tax issues on the ballot at the same time. Officials expressed concerns that the political climate this election season would hurt the tax issue’s chances.
“We felt that we would put the county home levy on first,” Miller said.
He previously has said the sales tax levy won’t appear on the ballot until spring 2017 at the earliest.