Millage dollars are essential to assist county’s senior citizens
To the Editor:
The Senior Citizens Service Millage will be on the ballot at the primary election on August 3. Support from all registered voters of St. Clair County is essential to pass this four-year millage request to renew the 0.5 mill. Voting "yes" on August 3 will ensure that St. Clair County seniors will continue to receive the present level of services.
This millage was first levied in 1979 and renewed in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 to maintain the programs and supportive services which enable the elderly to remain living independently in their homes.
All programs and services provided by the present millage will end on Dec. 31, 2010 if the millage is defeated on August 3.
To qualify for federal and state grants, local dollars are mandatory. These local monies are provided by the millage dollars. Without the millage, there will be no federal and state grants. For example, all the services and programs of the Council on Aging, Inc., serving St. Clair County, would be eliminated.
A homeowner will pay $25.00 a year, (less than 50 cents a week) on a home with the market value of $100,000 and a state equalized value of $50,000. This tax is reduced for low income people.
The millage is allocated to seven agencies: Area Agency on Aging 1-B; Catholic Social Services; Council on Aging Inc., serving St. Clair County; Lakeshore Legal Aid of St. Clair County, Public Guardian; Safe Horizons; Visiting Nurse Association Health Services.
The millage partially funds the following programs and services: Adult day service, computer classes, congregate and home delivered meals, domestic violence/homeless shelter education, fitness and health screenings, foster grandparents, guardianship issues, homestead tax clinics, information and referral resource advocacy, in-home counseling, chore/home repair, homemaker, personal care and skilled nursing care services, legal assistance, newsletter, planning, support and advocacy services, senior employment and transportation.
Absentee ballot applications are available at the Council on Aging Senior Centers. The city and township clerks' offices must receive absentee ballots before 4 p.m. on August 1.
Millage dollars are essential for the listed agencies to continue to serve the senior citizens residing in St. Clair County.
As always, the board of directors, staff and most of all the senior citizens are very grateful for your continued support.
—Laura L. Newsome
The Council on Aging Inc.
serving St. Clair County
July 07, 2010