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GCP supports renewal of Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy

Levy funds crucial services; is not a tax increase

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announced today that it is urging passage of a levy renewal to support health and human services in Cuyahoga County.

The 4.8 mill levy—which is not a tax increase—is on the March 15, 2016 county-wide ballot. The levy is a crucial source of funding in Cuyahoga County for children, the elderly and families in need or in crises.

“This levy supports many critical health and human services activities that are vital to the well-being of our community including MetroHealth and services for seniors, children and families,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “This eight- year renewal is longer than prior renewals, meaning the “no tax increase” rate is locked in for a longer period of time and fewer campaigns are needed to maintain the services.”

The levy is the larger of two levies in Cuyahoga County that generate revenues to pay for health and social service programs for citizens in need. The 4.8 mill levy—which costs the owner of a $100,000 home $147 a year—generates about $130 million annually.

Distribution of levy funds in 2016 include $66 million for Children and Family Services, $32 million for The MetroHealth System, $39 million for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, $18 million for Juvenile Court, $12 million for Early Childhood/Invest in Children; and $16 million for Senior & Adult Services.

The levy was last approved by voters in 2008 and 2012. The proposed renewal would lengthen the term of the levy from four years to eight years, thus decreasing the number of times the county would have to place the issue on the ballot.