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New levy for Job and Family Services on ballot in Ohio county

A new levy will be on the ballot in May for the Job & Family Services in Crawford County, Ohio. Voting in Crawford County is scheduled for May 2. The levy is for $1.5 million in property taxes at a rate of $0.15 per $100 of property valuation. The levy has been created in an effort to help local children in need.

The levy, should it pass, would be in effect for a total of eight years, and the first year it is collected would be 2018. The Interim Director of the Crawford County Job and Family Services said the levy would help an estimated 100 local children in need if it is passed by voters on May 2.

"As of March 31, 2017, there are 53 children in our custody, all of whom were placed with the agency through Crawford County Juvenile Court," the Interim Director said. "The agency currently maintains a caseload of 94 children in addition to those in custody. These children are under protective supervision orders."

The Interim Director noted that the county has experienced reduced funding over the last couple of years because the state of Ohio has reduced spending across all agencies on a gradual basis. The Interim Director also noted that even though funding has decreased, state-mandated expenditures have increased, which has put a heavy burden on the agency.

Ohio is currently 50th in the country when it comes to funding for child protective services. There has been another levy paid for by the county residents, at half a million dollars, that raised $180,000 per year. The county has not requested an increase in the last 25 years.

The agency helps children who face severe conditions at home, including parents who deal with drug abuse, addiction, criminal behavior, overdoses, poverty, mental issues, abuse and much more.

An experienced family law attorney can answer all of your child custody questions in Columbus, Ohio, including how to go about getting help in any of the aforementioned situations.

Source: Telegraph-Forum, "New Job & Family Services levy on Crawford May ballot," Zach Tuggle, April 20, 2017

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