MOUNT VERNON — The decision to place a replacement levy on the November ballot was made when the Knox County Board of Health met Wednesday evening at the Knox County Health Department. After recommendations from a levy committee were reviewed by the board, approval was given for a five-year, 0.8-mill property tax levy to be sought in November.
“We’ve been operating on a 0.4-mill levy for many years,” said board president Lee Rhoades. “But grant money has been going downhill, and state funds have also dropped.”
Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller said there would have to be a cut in staff or in programs if they were to stay at 0.4 mill.
“We can stay status quo,” said Miller. “But an increase is necessary in order for us to grow programs in Knox County. There are many things we need to do to move on into the future.” With successful passage of a levy in November, collection would begin in January 2014.
The board’s reorganization for the coming year took place at Wednesday’s meeting. Chosen to serve as president in the coming year was Laura Haberman; and selected to be president pro-tem was Lee Rhoades. The schedule of meetings for the coming year was also established, with the normal meeting time being at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the health department.
The board approved Resolution 2012-11 declaring the property at 21241 Coshocton Road in Howard Township a solid waste public health nuisance. This comes after repeated unsuccessful attempts to have the property cleaned up. The property owner will receive a certified letter and will have 30 days to resolve the issues on the property or face legal action.
Items covered as new business Wednesday saw the board approve an increase to the medical clinic fees, including a $10 charge per visit for out-of-county clients. Supplemental appropriations were also discussed by fiscal officer Lynette Vance who stated that the health department is receiving $21,723 in additional PHEP funds, which will be appropriated among various departmental funds.