GLCAP Meals on Wheels driver Jane Berlekamp delivers a dairy box to a local senior as part of a USDA Farmers to Families initiative to support nutrition needs during summer 2020 and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals on Wheels is one of many senior services that has been critical to helping seniors during the pandemic and is supported by the Sandusky County Senior Levy.
Sandusky County seniors will benefit from improved and continued senior services should county voters approve a replacement levy this spring. The levy will be on the May 4, 2021 Sandusky County Special Election ballot.
If passed, the 1-mill replacement levy will generate $1.6 million annually to support Sandusky County Senior Services over the course of the next five years. The levy is not an additional tax and would replace an existing senior levy that was passed by Sandusky County voters in 2015. As with the previous levy, the 2021 levy will cost a homeowner with a $100,000 home about $35 per year.
Over the past five years, levy funding has supported multiple initiatives to help seniors, including the relocation of the Fremont Senior Center to a larger and more easily accessible location. Levy funding has also expanded the county’s Meals on Wheels service and created the Senior Helping Hands program, which assists seniors with health and safety related home repairs.
“As our county’s senior population continues to expand, it’s important that we continue to fund services that meet their needs,” said Citizens for the Senior Levy Campaign Co-Chair Bob Gross.
Sandusky County’s senior population is expected to reach 30 percent within the next decade. Funding from the replacement levy will help:
- Serve 800 Sandusky County seniors annually
- Provide more than 90,000 nutritious meals for seniors each year
- Support 30,000-plus miles of transportation annually for seniors
- Make senior homes safer through the Senior Helping Hands program
- Provide case management for homebound seniors
- Fund evidence-based senior center programs
- Replace two meal delivery trucks
- Support virtual programs for seniors at home
- Create adaptive aquatic programs for seniors
- Support senior center facility improvements
“These programs sustain and improve the quality of life for our county’s seniors, as well as our community,” Gross said. “Supporting the levy not only benefits seniors, it helps friends and family members know that their loved ones are cared for and have support.”