The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to place a 1.2-mill, 10-year levy on the May 8 ballot to help finance programs for the countys Department of Job and Family Services.
On Jan. 11, the commissioners approved a resolution to have the county auditors office determine the millage needed to generate $2.31 million annually.
Then the following week, the commissioners approved a similar resolution, under a separate section of state law, to broaden the scope of the levy to cover all human services offered by the department.
The action Tuesday will submit the broader scope issue, with proposed ballot language, to the county auditor and county board of elections for ballot consideration. Feb. 7 is the deadline to submit issues for the May 8 ballot.
If approved, the owner of a residential property with a $100,000 appraised, or market value, will pay an additional $42 annually.
The funds would be used for child protective services, adult protective services and child care, all of which are straining the departments budget.