By DENISE GRANT
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 Hancock County commissioners voted Tuesday to place the tax 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 a 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 because of 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.
Separately Tuesday, the commissioners approved two contracts, totaling $265,451, for the care of inmates at the county jail.
A one-year contract worth $234,588 was awarded to Correctional Healthcare Companies, Greenwood Village, Colo. The company is being hired as an independent contractor to prove medical services at the jail.
This is the fourth year the company has been awarded the contract.
County Assistant Prosecutor Cindy Land said the price of the service is about the same as last year.
Another contract was awarded to Century Health, Findlay, to provide mental health evaluations at the jail. The one-year contract is for $30,863. This is the second year a mental health professional has worked full-time at the jail.
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