George Brown, the director of Clermont Senior Services, approached council and asked for its support for the Senior Services levy that will be placed on the May 2 ballot.
Brown said that the levy is needed because the current 1.1 mil levy will expire at the end of 2006. He said that a new levy must be passed to continue the services that they provide.
According to Clermont Senior Services, the senior population is expected to grow rapidly within the next few years. In 2001, 68,148 home care hours were needed to help seniors. It is projected that in 2006, 93,000 hours will be needed.
Money from the levy will be used for Meals-on-Wheels, homemaking, transportation, caregiver support, senior centers, respite care, personal care, adult day care, home repair, as well as other services.
According to Brown, the levy cost will rise about $6.15 for the entire year per home.