DGHD levy renewal given nod for May 6 primary election

By Dustin Ensinger For The Sunbury News

January 8, 2014

On Monday, December 30, the Delaware County Commissioners approved a public health ballot measure.

The commissioners unanimously voted in favor of placing a Delaware General Health District (DGHD) levy renewal on the primary ballot in May.

“I thought it was very good that the health district was within their budget and continuing the same amount,” Commissioner Ken O’Brien said.

The ballot measure is a 10-year, 0.7-mil renewal. If passed, the levy will cost county taxpayers $19.20 per $100,000 in property value each year.

The levy will generate $3.5 million annually.

The revenue generated by the levy makes up about 50 percent of the organization’s budget, and is the only discretionary funding the organization has at its disposal.

“We think we have been good stewards of the citizen’s money,” DGHD Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson said.

The millage of the levy has not changed since 1984. However, an increase was defeated in 1999.

The levy was last approved in 2004 by a 65 to 35 percent margin.

The primary election will be held on May 6.