In the 2020 primary election, voters in 17 counties will have the opportunity to support health and social services by voting on multiple property tax levies. Most of the levies on the ballot this spring are renewals, but several communities are seeking increases or additional levies. Two communities where additional levies to support developmental disabilities services failed in November 2019 are back on the ballot. For those two aforementioned counties, Marion County is once again seeking a 1.7 mill additional levy, while Lawrence County has reduced its ask from 2.5 mills to 1.75 mill this time around. Seventeen counties have health and social services levies on the primary ballot, is your county one of them? Click To Tweet
Most of the levies on the ballot this spring are renewals, but several communities are seeking increases or additional levies.
With a total of eight county levies on the ballot, senior services are the most common type of social service levy. With the exception of Cuyahoga County’s general health and human service levy, which supports a variety of purposes, there are no levies on the ballot that seek to support mental health or recovery services. For nearly half of the levies on the ballots in the state this primary season voters will have to decide if they want to vote for additional or increased levies. All of these levies would provide resources for critical services to those who are most vulnerable, including children, people with disabilities and the elderly.
County Purpose Type Amount
Ashtabula Senior Services Renewal 1.0 mills
Columbiana Children's Services Renewal 0.75 mills
Columbiana Senior Services Renewal 0.50 mills
Cuyahoga Health & Human Services Replacement & Increase 3.9 mills + 0.8 mills
Champaign Senior Services Additional 0.5 mills
Gallia Public Health Additional 0.5 mills
Gallia Senior Services Renewal 0.5 mills
Geauga Children's Services Renewal 0.5 mills
Geauga Senior Services Renewal 1.0 mills
Hancock Developmental Disabilities Renewal 1.9 mills
Hancock Children's Services Additional 0.8 mills
Highland Public Health Additional 0.5 mills
Holmes Developmental Disabilities Renewal + Increase 2.5 mills + 1.25 mills
Huron Senior Services Additional 0.55 mills
Lawrence Developmental Disabilities Additional 1.75 mills
Marion Developmental Disabilities Additional 1.75 mills
Monroe Senior Services Renewal 0.4 mills
Morrow Developmental Disabilities Additional 1.5 mills
Ottawa Senior Services Renewal 0.5 mills
Portage Children's Services Renewal 0.49 mills
Scioto Developmental Disabilites Renewal 1.95 mills
Don’t forget to vote on March 17!
The Center for Community Solutions compiled this data by examining sample ballots from all 88 county boards of election. Shortly after Election Day we will report on the outcome of these levy votes. Don’t forget to vote on March 17!