The League of Women Voters of Kent urges Portage County residents to vote "For" Issues 1 and 2 on the November ballot.

Based on the League of Women Voters' health care position that every U.S. resident should have access to a basic level of care; that one of the goals of social policy in the U.S. should be to promote self-sufficiency for everyone; that states and local governments should have a role in framing health care programs; and that policies and programs should be supported that promote the well-being and full development of all children, the Kent League voted to support passage of Issues 1 and 2 for the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Issue 1 is a 2-mill, five-year levy first approved by voters in 1989 and renewed in 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. Issue 2 is a 10-year levy in the amount of 0.9 mills, first approved by voters in 2004. Since both are renewal levies, there will be no increase in tax rates. Passage of both issues would mean owners of homes valued at $100,000 will continue to pay $57 per year for the levies.

The levies account for approximately 31 percent of the total annual operating revenues for the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities and provide or fund services to about 1,000 individuals annually.

Services include early intervention for children and families, services to children in Portage County school districts, day programs and transportation services. The board also supports the Special Olympics, the Akron Rotary summer camp program and other recreation and leisure programs.

If the levies fail, the Portage County Developmental Disabilities Board would lose nearly one-third of its total operating revenues and would cut services that many county residents depend on.

The League urges area residents to vote "For" Issues 1 and 2.

Iris J. Meltzer,

LWV president, Kent