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Senior citizens renewal levy on March 6 ballot in county

John Lowe / New Concord Leader Published: February 20, 2012 8:11 AM

NEW CONCORD Citizens of Muskingum County will have the opportunity next month to insure senior citizens in the county continue to receive at least one nutritious meal on a regular basis.

On March 6, a senior citizens renewal levy will appear on the March 6 ballot.

On the ballot will be the proposed renewal of a five-year, 0.5-mill levy, Terry Dunn said.

Speaking during New Concord Village Councils regular meeting Monday, Dunn said the levy provides nearly half of the centers funds.

The levy is crucial to the centers operation and to the many benefits it offers to the countys elder citizens.

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The total annual budget for the Muskingum County Center for Seniors is $1.5 million, of which the levy generates $680,000, Dunn said.

In 2011, the centers staff used the money to deliver 98,904 meals to seniors throughout the county.

An additional 23,655 meals were served on site at the center, he said.

Many of our senior citizens are isolated, Dunn said. When our meal drivers deliver meals thats an added measure of security for our seniors.

Of course, the Center provides many benefits in addition to meals. Among these are:

Activities and crafts,

Travel,

Socialization and volunteer opportunities,

Dances (including square, round and line dances),

Educational classes (such as computer and digital photography classes), and

Transportation (64,932 miles in 2011), with transportation for medical needs receiving priority.


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