A Message from the Director
David E. Boyer, Executive Director
Children deserve our best and most passionate efforts at keeping them safe and protected from harm. In our world of child protective services failure is not an option; we must get it right each and every time.
With the aforementioned in mind, 2016 is a huge year for our agency and the children that we are charged to serve. The Muskingum County Children Services levy that was passed in 1985, 1995 and 2006 expires on December 31, 2016. We are humbly asking for your yes vote on November 8 to continue to offer world-class child protective services to benefit the most needy children of Muskingum County.
This levy supports the vast, integrated systems of care established to protect our county's children. The following are friends and partners in our community who collaborate in our noble quest to protect children from harm; they include but are not limited to the following: Children Services, Job and Family Services, Juvenile Court, Domestic Relations Court, Family and Children First, Sheriff's Department, Prosecutor's Office, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Muskingum Valley Educational Services and many more critical agencies and initiatives all supporting the ideal of child protection.
Key Facts regarding the levy:
*2.0 mill; 10 year renewal levy. . . Not a new tax
*Passed in 1985, 1995 and 2006
*Local levy dollars account for nearly one-half (46%) of Children Services total income; Loss of these dollars would mean devastating cuts to services to very need children
*State of Ohio is last in America (50 out of 50 states) regarding the monies the state sends to local counties (Muskingum County receives 4 ½ % of it's operating revenue from the State of Ohio).
*The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home $61.25 per year, $5.10 per month or 16 cents per day. . . a great investment in our youth.
*Local levy dollars pay for Intake Investigations, On-Going Treatment and Case Management Services, out of home care in treatment center facilities, foster and adoptive homes, kinship services, Avondale Youth Center Operations and Programs, child and family support and treatment services and much more.
As we enter the Labor Day Weekend and the official start of the election season, I hope that you find this information helpful and pray that you consider voting yes for our community levy. I am available to you if you should have further questions.