The Delaware Health Levy Committee will use a talent show Feb. 1 to raise funds for a levy campaign and bring awareness to an upcoming vote.
The Delaware General Health District will face a vote in May for a 10-year 0.7 mill levy to continue to fund its operations. The Delaware Health Levy Committee, which campaigns for passage of the levy, has already raised $13,000 over the last 10 years, and hopes to raise $5,000 more before the vote.
Should the renewal levy pass in May, it will cost a homeowner $19.20 per $100,000 of property valuation and generate an estimated $3.5 million, according to the Levy Committee. Delaware County Auditor George Kaitsa estimated a full 0.7 mill will collect $3,493,939 this year.
As of October, 58 percent of the DGHD revenue came from current levy dollars, said Kelsey Sommers of the Delaware Health Levy Committee.
The renewal levy will fund continuing services, including the control of communicable disease; infant, children, adult and elderly health programs; environmental and food safety; nursing services; and health and AIDS education by the DGHD.
The talent show fundraiser, Delaware’s Got Talent, is an effort to raise $2,000, Sommers said.
“The funds are going to be going to be used to promote the renewal of the Delaware general health district,” she said. “It’s a renewal levy and it’s for the health department.”
The idea for Delaware’s Got Talent came from Levy Committee members looking for a unique way to fund raise.
“We have a lot of people on the committee with a various different backgrounds in fund raising,” she said. “We thought it could be a recurring event and a lot of fun for everyone.”
The Delaware Health Levy Committee will host the Delaware’s Got Talent community talent show Feb. 1 at Willis Intermediate School with slots for 10 adult and 10 child acts. Participants in both adult and children’s categories will compete for cash prizes of $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.
“The county doesn’t currently have anything like it,” Sommers said. “There’s a lot of talent going on open mic nights around town, so we’re hoping that some of those talented individuals would like to showcase their talent through their show.”
Sponsored by Fred Astaire Delaware, the event will include a panel of local celebrity judges, including ABC6/Fox28 reporter Tom Bosco.
Applicants are asked to provide video submissions no longer than 5 minutes to firstname.lastname@example.org;YouTube submissions are preferred. Video submissions are due by Jan. 17. For more information, official rules and event updates, please visit www.ChooseHealthDelco.org and www.facebook.com/choosehealthdelaware.
“We’re open to whatever talents you have,” Sommers said.
She said though the fundraiser is for dollars to promote the levy renewal, the levy will not be a central topic at the fundraiser; Levy Committee members will be at Delaware’s Got Talent to talk with people individually who may have questions regarding the levy.