Do you like the fact that we have a strong safety net of behavioral health services here in Summit County? Do you like the fact that these services are accessible and affordable to and for everyone? If so, make sure that you’re registered to vote for the November 5, 2013 election, and that you remember to vote FOR ISSUE 1.
If you can’t make it to the polls, you can request an absentee ballot by CLICKING THIS LINK, filling out the downloadable form, and the Summit County Board of Elections will send you one.
You may be asking, “what is Issue 1, and why should I vote for it”?
Issue 1 is a renewal levy that supports the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board. It won’t raise your taxes, since it’s a renewal – a renewal is a continuation of what’s already in place. It costs the owner of a $100,000 house $7.50 per month – less than a pizza. It provides essential services - like emergency psychiatric care, a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, counseling for kids and families, and help for veterans – to thousands of local residents. This care is far less costly than the likely alternatives.
Think of it this way – you can choose not support Issue 1, but the issues faced by the people we serve won’t just magically disappear. They are simply shifted to other more expensive options like local hospital emergency rooms and jails. In addition, people who aren’t getting proper treatment or medicine are more likely to make bad decisions – decisions that end up hurting the individual, the individual’s family, and our community.
In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need an ADM Levy to help us address these issues. But we don’t live in a perfect world. The reality is that the Summit County community is a better place to live and work because of the ADM Levy – our people are healthier and our streets are safer. What’s more, the ADM Levy provides real value to the taxpayer. For your $7.50, bullied kids get help. Depressed new mothers get lifted out of the pit of despair. People with schizophrenia can lead regular lives, and those who want to get clean from alcohol or drugs get a partner to stand with them in the battle.
If you’re wondering whether or not to vote for Issue 1, please remember that your $7.50 is an investment in your community that provides help, hope, and tangible value. Thank you for your consideration.