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Published: Saturday, 7/23/2011

Children Services gets OK to seek levy in November

BLADE STAFF

The Lucas County Citizens Levy Review Committee raised concerns with Lucas County Children Services’ long-term financial health but recommended the board’s levy request for the November ballot.

Children Services is seeking permission to ask voters to renew a five-year, 1.4-mill levy expected to generate $10.4 million a year. The agency’s reserve fund held almost $19 million going into the year, though the board expects to spend about $5 million of that this year.

“We’re going ahead with this request, but we’re raising a red flag for the future,” committee member Bob Reinbolt said. He said the committee would like to see Children Services work to control costs, develop a policy on its reserve fund balance, and more closely consider its funding to mandated versus nonmandated services.

Commissioners are likely to vote on the levy request next week. The Board of Elections must receive the requests by Aug. 10 to put them on ballot.



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