Opinion:Senior Millage

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An open letter from Richard Fish of Boyne City regarding the upcoming senior millage.

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At the August Primary election taking place in every township and every city through out Charlevoix our citizens will have a opportunity to voice their support for Charlevoix County’s Senior Citizens.

Jack Webb who played Sargent Joe Friday on the popular TV series Dragnet was famous for his standard line “just the facts,I just want the facts” Well here are some facts…… Today’s seniors are retiring at a rate of 10,000/day and represent in Charlevoix County a ratio of 1 in four 4. This past year your Charlevoix County Commission on Aging served over 750 senior families and care givers and delivered over 35,000 meals “on wheels”, served over 31,000 meals at four Senior Centers. COA provides various levels of assistance in concert with District 3 Health Department which enabled seniors to remain in their homes instead of living in Assisted Living Complexes.

This past year as a result of input from focus groups held through out the county the COA has made changes in its operation. Programs have been eliminated not related to to health care issues. Staffing levels have been reduced in keeping with our income and a sliding fee schedule has been introduced for services related to the income of our recipients. Families below poverty levels will not see an increase in charges. Those above the poverty level will be asked to pay a small increase.

Your Charlevoix County COA has not had an increase in millage since it’s inception in 2001. The millage expires this year The COA is asking for approval of .65 mils. this year. A home owner with a SEV of $50,000.00 will be asked to pay $32.50/year. That is less than $3.00/month. The COA is dedicated to assisting Charlevoix County seniors in need,promoting independence and health.

In these difficult times,no single group has been challenged more than our seniors who are living on a fixed income. The COA thanks you for your support of Charlevoix County Seniors, and respectfully asks for your continued support by voting yes for the Senior Millage on the August 7 primary.

Richard Fish

COA Advisory Board Chairman

 

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