Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
January 18, 2013 8:30 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — The renewal of an operations levy will be brought to Knox County voters in the May 7 primary election as announced Thursday morning by Steve Oster, superintendent of the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Oster met with the Knox County Board of Commissioners to announce the levy plans and to ask them for support in the coming election.


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The levy will be a 2.7-mill renewal levy for a 10-year period and will generate nearly $2.8 million. “We use these dollars to fund our programs such as early intervention services, adult programming and residential programming. It really runs all the services that individuals receive in the program,” said Oster.

The most recent five-year levy ended in December 2012. Collection of funds from an approved levy would begin in January 2014. “We’ve done lots of cuts at the agency and have really set ourselves up financially to maintain us for 10 more years if we get a renewal with this levy,” said Oster. “We’ve been able to maximize dollars and do some things that will stretch them even further. I think there is such a good plan in place that we can get through 10 years.”

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