Richland County Children Services plans replacement tax levy for November ballot
May 23, 2013
Richland County commissioners today approved a Children Services request to take the first steps necessary to place a 1 Mill, 10-year replacement levy on the November general election ballot.
The levy would replace a 1 Mill levy initially approved in 1984 and renewed by voters in 1994 and 2004. If the issue is approved, collection on the replacement would not begin until January 2015 when the current levy expires.
Richland County Children Services has not received any new local funds since 1999, when the agency’s other 1 Mill, 10-year levy was replaced. It was renewed by voters in 2008, and went into effect in 2009.
Children Services currently collects the equivalent of 1.37 Mills total on the two 1 Mill levies since they are based on property values at the time of voter approval.
The replacement ballot on the November ballot would simply update the 1984 levy to current property values.
“It would result in additional funds based on these property tax value changes,” RCCS Executive Director Patty Harrelson told commissioners during a meeting this morning.
The levy will generate roughly: $1.9 million dollars per year before auditor or treasurer fees and without considering delinquencies, but the final amount remains to be certified, Harrelson said.
Ohio is last in the United States in the state’s share of child welfare funding, leaving local counties responsible for a significant portion of this funding.
In counties without local levies (approximately 43), this burden falls largely to the county’s general revenue fund. Local levies generate about 35 percent of Richland County Children Services funds.
The bulk of its revenue (58 percent) comes from the federal government while the state picks up about 7 percent. RCCS does not take money from the county’s general fund, except for vehicle, property and liability
Richland County Children Services honors foster parents with annual appreciation dinner
Richland County Children Services honored its foster parents May 3 during the agency's annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner.
This year's event was in the Kobacker Room at the Cafe on Main in downtown Mansfield. Agency Executive Director Patty Harrelson was the evening's primary speaker.
In addition to dinner, foster parents received awards for years of service and door prizes. Agency employees provided daycare services for the foster parents' children during the evening.
Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 380,000 children and youth under 18 in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved – as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.
With the help of dedicated people, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will either reunite safely with their parents, be cared for by relatives or be adopted by loving families.
Thanks to the many advocates, child welfare professionals, elected officials and support groups around the country, the total number of children in foster care has decreased over recent years. But more help is needed. If you are interested in learning more about foster care and adoption opportunities in Richland County, please click here.
We have posted the 2012 Richland County Children Services Annual Report to the Community on the agency Web site.
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6/8/2013 - 9:00am
Richland County Children Services Board meeting
6/10/2013 - 4:30pm