Athens County voters this November will decide upon a 0.25-mill levy renewal to fund meals for senior citizens in the county.
The county commissioners voted last Tuesday to seek the five-year renewal. It still must be certified for the ballot by the Athens County Board of Elections.
It’s estimated the tax will generate $251,707 per year, according to the Athens County Auditor’s Office.
Most of that money would go toward the Meals on Wheels program that Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) operates to deliver meals to seniors.
“Our Meals-on-Wheels program does more than deliver food to the homebound elderly, it also serves as a safety net,” according to HAPCAP.
Besides having contact with seniors when meals are delivered, delivery personnel are trained in both first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
This and in past years a portion of the levy money goes to Village Catering, which also delivers meals to senior citizens.
The meals levy was last renewed by voters in 2014, when 74 percent of votes cast were in favor of renewing the tax.
Athens County has separate levy that funds senior citizens programming. The 0.75-mill levy was last renewed in 2016, garnering 70 percent of the vote.