The 1-mill levy, first passed in 1995, brings in
However, the combined 1.85-mill replacement would bring in
The motion was passed Tuesday by the children services board.
The combining of the two levies into a replacement based on today's property values raises more money than the two current levies combined because levy revenues are based on property values at their initiation; and today's property values are higher than when the current levies were initiated, Muth explained.
The agency needs the extra local money from the combined replacement in the long term to compensate for declines in state and federal funding, Muth said.
State revenues have fallen 13.71 percent since 2011, and federal revenues have dropped 4.72 percent since then, he said.
About half of the agency's funding comes from local real-estate tax levies, he added.
Total county CSB expenditures have dropped from
"We have already cut our spending by 16 percent [since 2011]. The problem is that we can't go much lower on that without putting kids at risk," Muth said.
CSB decided in a special meeting to follow the recommendation of county Commissioner
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