Washington County's May ballot to feature .55 Mill tax levy for Children's Services

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The only county-wide issue on Washington County ballots in May is a .55 mill levy for the Washington County Children's Services.

The new levy would provide additional funding for children's services in the Washington County for the next five years.

Those services include placement of children from troubled families in foster homes.

Executive Director Jamie Vuksic says the need for those placements has increased in just the past five years.

"I think, if you go back to 2006, we had 50 kids in care for the year, and spent about $230,000 on placement costs. Last year, we had 144 kids in care, and spent $1.7 million. Those are astronomical numbers for Washington County."

Children's Services is a state-funded, county administered system.

But Vuksic notes Ohio ranks last in funding for public children's agencies.

He adds even if that state funding were doubled, Ohio would still rank last.

He says the levy would cost taxpayers an additional five cents a day.

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