By Paul Marnecheck, Ward 4 Councilman, North Royalton
This primary election affords voters the opportunity to keep our health and human services levy in place to help over 200,000 children, families and seniors in our county. Issue 23 is a 4.8-mill renewal levy that is not a tax increase and will provide approximately $130 million annually for the next eight years. These funds provide services that are important for all of us. Any one of us – our children, our parents, our families, our friends – may one day need assistance in dealing with a crisis or a trauma.
The middle of the night can be a busy time for first responders and social workers. A LifeFlight helicopter may shuttle a severely burned patient to MetroHealth Medical Center or a neglected child may need a foster family at 2 a.m.
Those are just some of the services that Issue 23, which would renew Cuyahoga County’s main health and human services levy, would continue to provide.
City council has formally expressed its unanimous support, in the form of a resolution, for Issue 23, the Cuyahoga Health and Human Services levy on the March 15 ballot.
This 4.8-mill levy, often referred to as a good Samaritan levy, is not a tax increase but is a renewal that officials say will ensure the children, seniors, families and individuals who are in crisis continue to receive critical care through various county programs, programs that last year alone helped more than 200,000 residents of Cuyahoga County.
The renewal, which will take effect in 2017, will not increase the cost to residents. The cost to the owner of a $100,000 home is approximately $147 per year.
Mary Louise Madigan says there’s a simple reason Cuyahoga County voters have continued to pass its health and human services levy since the 1970s.
“The services are needed,” said Madigan, communications director for the county.
“Cuyahoga County residents understand it’s a good value. We value our neighbors’ health and wellbeing. It’s a very generous community, and we’ve always been careful and clear about how and where we spend the money.” On March 15, the 845,336 registered voters in Cuyahoga County are eligible to vote for Issue 23 to protect health and human services.
The eight-year, 4.8-mill renewal levy would not increase taxes and is expected to generate $130 million a year.
Sharon Vokaty is glad she can still live largely on her own in her Broadview Heights apartment. She has two fluffy dogs and a cat for companions. But the reason she can live on her own is a woman who visits for 4 hours every Tuesday to perform basic chores and household duties… About 1,400 seniors take part in this program. More participate in other meals, health care and transportation services provided through the levy.
Larry Nowak and his wife share their story about how MetroHealth and Metro Life Flight, with support from our Health & Human Service Levy, saved his life.