Commissioners agree to put levy on ballot

Voters in Hancock County will be asked to renew a 2.5-mill levy in the May primary for the operation of Blanchard Valley Center.

The commissioners voted today to place the issue on the ballot.

The 2.5-mill levy was last renewed by voters in May 2009 for five years. The levy passed with 70 percent of the vote.

It generates about $4 million each year for the center’s operation, and accounts for about one-third of its budget. Center officials decided against seeking additional funding at this time due to anticipated changes at the state and federal levels in the next five years.

The Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities oversees Blanchard Valley Center, the county’s program for the developmentally disabled. The center includes a school that serves children from birth through 21 years old, and vocational and residential services for adults.

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