MOUNT VERNON — The decision to pursue any future levy was postponed for one more month when the Knox County Board of Health met Wednesday evening at the Knox County Health Department. Health commissioner Julie Miller announced that the levy committee has asked that the board consider a recommendation for a levy to be placed on the November ballot in the range of 0.8 mills to 0.85 mills. The current levy stands at 0.4 mills.
“If we were to stay at 0.4 mills, in 2014 we wouldn’t have as many staff members as we have right now,” said Miller. “I would prefer 0.8 mills. I like a 10 year-levy because it gives us a break, and we’re not hitting the community all the time.” She added that living on 0.4 mills for 24 years is “being good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars. And if we go to 0.8 mills, we’re going to be just as good stewards with whatever that amount is. We are the only agency that has stayed at that millage for that long.”
As it was not a necessity to approve a levy resolution that evening and with two board members absent, it was decided to table any levy decision until the April meeting.
A request for a resolution was on the agenda to declare the William Dunagan property on Stumbaugh Road in Jefferson Township a public health nuisance. Environmental Health Director Nate Overholt had been making visits to the property to check on the progress after Dunagan had been asked to clean up his property. Overholt admitted most of the situation was debris from a case of open burning. He stated that Dunagan has been cooperative in responding to requests and has been addressing the issue as well as keeping Overholt updated. Resolution 2012-10 was approved, giving Dunagan 15 days to get his property cleaned up before legal action may be pursued.