The Fulton County Commissioners have placed a property tax levy renewal for the Fulton County Senior Center – with an increase– on the November ballot.
The senior center currently collects a 1.6-mill countywide levy that generates $1,449,012.
The renewal will increase the millage to 1.7 mills.
Annie Hernandez, fiscal supervisor for the Fulton County auditor office, said the one-tenth (.1) of a mill increase should generate $1,556,405 each year. That’s about $107,393, or about 7.4%, more per year.
Currently, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 in Fulton County pays $44.75 per year toward the operation of the senior center.
Adding an additional onetenth mill raises the yearly charge to $48.25.
Hernandez said homeowners who are eligible for homestead exemptions and a 2.5% property tax reduction will still receive those on the original senior center 1.1- mill levy.
Sheri Rychener, senior center director, said the senior center “is a fantastic resource for all county residents age 60 and over.”
Among its offerings are meals, assistance with paperwork, activities, entertainment, socialization, education, and recreational trips.
“We’ve got someone here that does information referral, just a little bit of everything, and if we don’t have it, we’ll try to find a resource for that,” she said.
Meals are offered two days at week at the Archbold satellite center in the Archbold Scout Cabin. Meals are available at other satellite centers, or at the main facility in Wauseon, five days a week.
The senior center also operates the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers meals to homebound seniors five days a week.
Rychener said the program is a comfort to a seniors’ family members.
“They have the comfort of knowing that not only is their loved one going to get a meal, they’re going to have someone stopping in to check on them because we’re going to follow through and report if there’s any issue,” she said.
“We’re going to call somebody, we’re going to make contact and make sure they’re going to get help.”
Another service offered is transportation to and from medical appointments.
“That’s based on our volunteer drivers. We can only do first-come, first-served, of course, but it’s a good program that’s much-needed around here,” she said.
Seniors, she said, “call in here, and we hook them up with a volunteer driver, using one of our vehicles, and they take them to and from.”
First established in 1978, the senior center has spent most of that time in the former Wauseon High School building downtown.
“Essentially, it’s been here the entire time,” she said.
Today, the center served about 3,500 people.
Senior center programs keep people out of nursing homes, “and it’s meant to improve their quality of life, give them opportunities to do new things, just make an overall positive impact on the community here,” Rychener said.
Across Ohio and the rest of the nation, voters will go the polls, Tuesday, Nov. 5, to cast ballots in the fall general election.
To vote in the general election, voters must register with the Fulton County Board of Elections by Monday, Oct. 7.