Levies for Seniors, Schools Facing Delaware Co. Voters
Updated: Thursday, May 2 2013, 08:18 PM EDT
DELAWARE COUNTY (Tom Bosco/Ken Hines) -- Decisions at the polls will affect the lives of senior citizens and school children after two levies are presented to voters next week.
While some of her friends choose a spirited game of cornhole, Mary Van Deventer prefers to play dominoes while passing the time with friends. She also prefers spending her days at adult day care to the alternative: her days and nights in a nursing home.
Funding for programs that benefit older Delaware County residents, including adult day car and Meals on Wheels, is on the line next Tuesday when voters decide on a replacement levy for senior services.
Voters face a levy that would cost the owner a home worth $100,000 about $9.00 a year. County officials said services like adult day care allow seniors to remain in their homes while receiving necessary care.
"It's much less expensive to be able to stay at home, and that's where seniors want to be," said Fara Waugh, client services manager for Delaware County seniors.
"I probably would have been in a nursing home a year ago if I hadn't come here," said Van Deventer, 83.
The adult day care program also allows Van Deventer to see her 88-year-old sister on a daily basis, which she says would be impossible if the service is cut.
"I don't think I saw her for two years, and she lives in Delaware here, too," she said.
Delaware schools are also vying for tax dollars next week. The district is asking voters to approve a bond issue to add on to existing school buildings to make room for the influx of students the district has experienced over the last 15 years.
Delaware Schools Superintendent Paul Craft hopes voters approve both levies in order to ensure proper support for those who need it most in the county.
"I think it all goes together, as far as building the type of community that we want for age 7 through 70," he said.