Seniors focus of next week's primary election millage question
David Moore July 31, 2014 | WGVU
Yesterday, we told you about the Kent County
library millage proposal on the upcoming election.
Today we look at the other proposal next Tuesday,
placed on the primary ballot by the county board of commissioners.
Senior citizen advocates are hoping to
maintain current funding levels and add a little to that to bolster
services.It’s a total .5 mill package,
costing the owner of a $150,000 home about $37 a year, compared with the
Tom Appel is a member of the senior millage steering committee,
and ticks off some of the services that’ll be better funded.
Appel said “The senior meals-all of that’s
wrapped up in one piece.Adult day care
services. Emergency needs funding.If in
the heat, for example, if somebody needs an air conditioner, that could be an
emergency in a given situation. Home repair services, medication management,
hard of hearing issues.”
This is a
renewal and increase rolled into a single package, and that troubles county
commissioner Nate Vriesman who supports the renewal but not the additional,
arguing the county should be taking a narrower approach to funding and not
using what he called a “shotgun” approach for spending tax dollars.
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