Senior program millages renewed

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:40 AM

North Ottawa County Council on Aging Executive Director Brigit Lewis said the millage support is lifeblood for the senior citizen services, with 80 percent of funding coming from tax dollars.

“Those dollars are specifically responsible for all the things we offer in the activity center and social services — such as Medicare assistance, tax assistance, in-home services, care management," Lewis said late Tuesday. "It will allow us to continue to do what we're doing. I am so pleased.”

Voters in Grand Haven Township approved the four-year, quarter-mill renewal 1,495 to 547. Voters in Chester Township approved a four-year, 0.125-mill renewal 239-115. Voters in Polkton Township approved a three-year, 0.25-mill renewal 266-175.

The Council on Aging is scheduled to move from its current location at the Grand Haven Community Center to a strip mall at the southwest corner of Taylor Avenue and Beacon Boulevard, likely early next year. Muskegon Community College will occupy the lower level where senior activities currently take place.

Lewis said no millage dollars would be used for the move or remodeling of the new space. Those will be paid for with financial reserves and investments.

“I am really pleased to know the residents support and believe in what we do,” Lewis continued. “This is a tremendous vote of confidence in our ability to serve the older adults of the community.”

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