Today, Hamilton County’s Board of County Commissioners voted to place a 1.98-mill levy to support Children’s Services on the November ballot. This additional levy will run for three years and is intended to support the 2016 levy.
An outside consultant and the Hamilton County Tax Levy Review Committee conducted a review earlier this year and determined our agency needed additional funding to serve the increasing needs of Hamilton County’s families and children. We appreciate the work of the outside consultant, the Tax Levy Review Committee and the Board of County Commissioners in assessing the needs of those we serve. More importantly, I appreciate the work of our staff in helping our families. Those who evaluated our program noted that we have not only experienced increasing numbers, but that those children and families have experienced higher levels of trauma.
The levy decision is now in the hands of November’s voters. We will adjust to their decision, but, regardless of outcome, our goal will remain the same: supporting and strengthening our community’s families.