Summit County will ask voters to approve a six-year renewal of the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board's 4.5 mill levy on the Nov. 7 General Election ballot.

County Council approved a resolution putting the levy on the ballot June 19 and County Executive Ilene Shapiro signed the measure June 20.

If adopted, property owners would continue to pay about $11.50 per $100,000 of their home's value, according to a release from Shapiro's office. The release states the tax has remained unchanged since 2007 "even as the SCDDB generates $15 million less in revenue than it did in 2007."

Shapiro said in the release that 4,700 county residents with developmental disabilities depend on the levy "to fund programs that enable them to live quality lives"

"Early childhood intervention, facility and residential support, and day programs are only a few of the imperative services the renewal will fund," Shapiro stated. "These types of programs are an investment in our community and will not increase our taxes."

Council President John Schmidt said in the release that the renewal would "reaffirm" the county's commitment to those with disabilities "regardless of socio-economic or demographic background."

"These services are imperative for the daily well-being of both adults and children in our county," he said.

"The mission of Summit County DD is to create opportunities for each person with a developmental disability to become a full contributing member of this great community" stated John Trunk, Superintendent, Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board. "Passage of this levy is critical if the services and supports needed by the citizens of Summit County with disabilities are to continue."

More information is available at www.summitdd.org/blog/summit-dd-seeks-to-renew-operating-levy/ and at www.summitdd.org/resources/service-funding/.