We encourage voters to pass the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board's levy renewal on Nov. 5.
Issue 1 is a six-year, 2.95-mill renewal levy that would continue to raise about $33 million each year. That represents three-quarters of the ADM board's annual operating funds.
The board's mission is a vital one. Contracting with about 26 outside agencies, it provides access to treatment and prevention services for around 50,000 people who are struggling with mental illnesses or addictions. This type of care is often crucial, and without the ADM Board's system of service, many people would likely not get the care they need.
Since the levy was first passed in 2007, the ADM Board has kept its costs under control and reduced its staff from 27 to 20 employees. And the levy would bring no additional cost to county residents -- the owner of a $100,000 home would continue to pay about $90 a year if it passes. It's a reasonable amount considering the Board's role in making our communities safer and healthier.
Vote "For" Issue 1 next month.