Last updated: April 30. 2014 2:59PM - 195 Views
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Preble County voters will be asked to support the Preble County General Health District by saying “yes” to a renewal of 0.3 mill, 5-year tax levy to support health programs on Tuesday, May 6.

According to PC Health Commissioner Erik Balster, the current 5-year health district levy, which ends this year, has been at the same millage (0.3 mills) since 1976.

In a recent letter, Balster explained the health district levy funds represent approximately 40 percent of the revenue needed for the operation of the health district’s essential services which provide care to all Preble County residents, from newborns to senior citizens.

Once renewed, the levy will continue to cost $30 annually per $100,000 property valuation and will not be an increase to property owners’ current taxes, according to Balster.

“Whether you may realize it or not, public health touches your lives in countless ways behind the scenes to keep you and your family safe and sound,” Balster noted. “Every day, the Preble County General Health District provides essential services that prevent disease, promote health, and protect Preble County residents from a variety of illnesses and injuries.”

According to officials, some of the essential services the health district provides include are fee- based, like inspections of restaurants, swimming pools, and the drinking water.

“However, there are many more services, equally important, that are provided without a fee, to all individuals regardless of income or insurance status,” Balster explained.

Services provided to all include:

*Communicable/infectious disease investigations and nuisance complaint investigations.

*Pre-natal and reproductive health services,

*Education to children and parents about nutrition, lifestyles, and activity. .

“Because of levy dollars and the support of the citizens of Preble County, the health district is able to continue to follow up on the public health issues that would otherwise be left to accumulate and hurt our community,” Balster said.

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