0.3 MILLAGE INCREASE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS SERVICES
VOTE ON AUGUST 7, 2012
The Senior Citizens Service Millage will be on the ballot at the primary election on August 7, 2012. Support from all registered voters of St. Clair County is essential to pass this 0.3 Mil increase.
This Millage was first levied in 1979 and renewed in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 to maintain the programs and supportive services which enable the elderly to remain living independently in their homes. It has been 26 years since a millage increase was requested. This increase would cost a homeowner $15.00 a year (less than $.25 a week) on a home with the market value of $100,000 and a state equalized value of $50,000. This tax is reduced for low-income people.
Agencies have experienced funding cuts from Federal, State and Local funding. Voting YES on August 7th will assist the agencies listed below to meet the needs of the Senior Citizens of St. Clair County.
The Millage is allocated to seven agencies: Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Catholic Social Services
Council on Aging, Inc., serving St. Clair County
Lakeshore Legal Aid of St. Clair County
Visiting Nurse Association Health Services
The Millage partially funds the following programs and services:
¨ Adult Day Service ¨ In-Home Services: Counseling
¨ Computer Classes Chore/Home Repair
¨ Congregate & Home Delivered Meals Homemaker
¨ Domestic Violence/Homeless Shelter Personal Care
¨ Education Skilled Nursing Care
¨ Fitness & Health Screenings ¨ Legal Assistance
¨ Foster Grandparents ¨ Newsletter
¨ Guardianship Issues ¨ Planning, Support & Advocacy Services
¨ Homestead Tax Clinics ¨ Senior Employment
¨ Information & Referral/Resource Advocacy ¨ Transportation
Absentee Ballot Applications are available at the Council on Aging Senior Centers. The city and township clerks’ offices must receive absentee ballots before 4:00 p.m. on August 1, 2012.