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Delaware County Bank facing tough times

November 9, 2011

[caption width="250" caption=" Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board Executive Director Steve Hedge shows his appreciation to voters from the Delaware County Board of Elections late Tuesday. (Gazette | Andrew Tobias) "][/caption]

ANDREW TOBIAS

Staff Writer

The 5-year renewal of the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board levy was never in question Tuesday night; it passed handily by a 60 to 40 percent margin, according to complete but unofficial results with the Delaware County Board of Elections.

Mental Health Board Executive Director Steve Hedge said the vote shows Delaware and Morrow County voters are committed to a strong “safety net” for those who need it.

“We feel the voters have affirmed the importance of mental health services in Delaware County. They have supported us for 25 years, and we look forward to that continued support,” Hedge said.

The 1-mill levy will cost the owner of a $200,000 home $61.26 a year, or the same amount they pay now, while bringing in $7 million a year for the mental health board.

Hedge thanked voters for their support and said his organization’s work will continue.

“We are committed to being good stewards of the money. We’ll spend it wisely, and live within our means,” Hedge said.

The mental health levy has been in place since voters first passed it in 1986. The board receives about half of its funding from the local property tax levy. It passes that money along to a local network of private, non-profit mental health and addiction services organizations.