Addiction Agency Asks To Put Levy On Ballot 

Addiction Agency Asks To Put Levy On Ballot 
Posted by FoM on December 14, 1999 at 12:34:39 PT
By Mike Jones, Blade Staff Writer
Source: Toledo Blade
The Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lucas County asked the county commissioners yesterday for permission to place a 0.35-mill levy on the ballot in March.
Jay Salvage, executive director, told commissioners at their meeting that new programs send more people to the service for help with substance abuse, but funding hasn't increased significantly.The board, established in 1990, has an annual budget of $6.5 million, primarily from federal and state funds. It is not supported directly by a county tax levy but does receive a total of about $665,000 from other county agencies.If passed, Mr. Salvage said, the measure would generate more than $2.25 million.He said that, "at a time of increased demand for alcohol and drug services, the board is struggling with flat resources."Mr. Salvage said there is a need to place specialists in schools and to offer support for community-based groups concerned with substance abuse.In addition to students, people are making a transition from welfare to work who need treatment, he said. Some of those may not be addicted, but their use of alcohol or other drugs have had an effect on their ability to be successful.If the levy is passed, about half the money would be used to provide residential and outpatient treatment for those who are addicted, Mr. Salvage said. The additional funds are necessary to meet the need for services because, "when people have to wait, they sometimes drift away."If the levy is passed, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $10.72 per year in property taxes.Commissioners are expected to approve placing the issue on the ballot when they meet Thursday. Published: December 14, 1999 1999, The Blade 
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