Summit County voters on Tuesday backed an issue to provide additional funding to Summit County Children Services.
Issue 8, which asked the electorate to renew a 2.25-mill levy and approve a 1-mill increase for Children Services for six years, was approved by a tally of 122,627 votes to 81,541 votes, according to final but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections.
"We’re ecstatic," said Ann Ream, director of community relations for Summit County Children Services. "We really thank every supporter that we had, everybody that endorsed us, everybody that helped get out the vote."
The 1-mill increase will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $35 a year, according to literature provided by the Citizen’s Committee for Children Services. The overall tax issue will cost the owner of a $100,000 home less than $100 per year.
Summit County Children Services had not requested or received new money in 30 years, according to Ream.
The levy provides about 60 percent of Children Services’ operating budget, said Ream.
If the levy had not passed, Children Services would have cut 34 percent of its staff and 20 percent of its budget, according to Ream.
"In the end, it’s going to be about the kids," said Ream. "We can’t thank Summit County enough for supporting us and supporting our efforts to help the abused and neglected children of Summit County."