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Senior Center Seeking Renewal Of 1.1-Mill Property Tax Levy




The Fulton County Senior Center Board has asked the Fulton County Commissioners to place a 1.1-mill, five-year levy renewal on the May 5 primary election ballot.

Sandy Griggs, director of the senior center, said if voters approve the levy, it will generate about $880,000 in revenue.

That, plus a small grant, donations, and the senior center’s carryover funds, will give the center enough money to cover planned 2009 expenditures of $1,086,178.58.

The Senior Center started in 1978. Voters approved a ninetenths (.9) mill levy for the senior center in 1986, then approved an increase to 1.1 mills in 2004.

The senior center provides a variety of services, all aimed at keeping seniors in their own homes as long as safely possible, Griggs said.

“To borrow a term from AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), we’re being an enabler,” enabling seniors to stay in their homes.

“We’re one step before assisted living.”

Meals

The senior center operates the meals-on-wheels program, which provides a noon meal each day, five days a week, for between 175 to 200 persons in the county. She said about 40 meals are delivered in Archbold and rural Archbold.

“The biggest complaint we have about the meals is there’s too much food,” she said. The meals are designed to provide a third of the daily nutritional requirements.

Meals are delivered using five vehicles; another two vehicles are kept busy transporting persons to and from doctor offices, hospitals, and other facilities, for life-sustaining services such as chemotherapy.

Meals also are provided at the Wauseon location and satellite centers. The center offers meals at the Archbold Scout Cabin on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at the Fayette Opera House, Tuesday and Thursday.

The schedule is the same each day; a program at 11 am, meal at noon, activities after lunch.

There are also satellite centers in Swanton and Delta.

The senior center also provides transportation services, taking groups of seniors grocery shopping and on other errands.

Information and Referral

The center also operates an information and referral service.

The service provides seniors assistance with such things as medical bills.

“We can’t pay the bill, but we can walk them (senior citizens) through the insurance company process.”

Many times, when a senior receives a bill, their first reaction is to pay it, even if it isn’t accurate.

“We encourage them to let the process work,” Griggs said.

The information and referral service also offers assistance with the Golden Buckeye card, handicapped parking permits, food stamps, and Medicaid.

The commissioners are expected to act on the Senior Center request next week.- David Pugh


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