Riverside seeks renewal levy

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, also known in the community as Riverside, is seeking the renewal of a 2.5-mill property tax levy for services on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The levy was first passed in 2011 and makes up 40 percent of the organization’s annual budget. In 2019, this levy raised $5,568,682. Those funds provide services including early intervention for children from birth to age 3, case management services for age 3 through end of life, in-home care, adult day services, transportation, employment supports, advocacy training and family education, community integration services, health and safety assurance, training for Direct Support Professionals and recreation and Special Olympics programming.

“Many people are surprised to learn we serve 1,000 people in Miami County, but they’re often more surprised to learn that we support people for their entire lifespan. Because of Miami County’s steadfast support, we are able to provide customized services for babies through senior citizens, helping them reach goals and live meaningful lives,” Superintendent Brian W. Green, said. “We are grateful for the community’s partnership with us and are committed to being fiscally conservative to ensure long-term support that will cover individuals for their lifetime.”

Due to requirements from the state of Ohio Auditor’s Office, only the organization’s legal name “Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities” will be on the ballot — its nickname “Riverside” will not appear on the ballot.

“I have had the honor of serving on this organization’s board since 1993 and can personally attest to the life-changing work of the Riverside, the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Through this levy, babies and children receive services to help them crawl, walk and talk. Teens receive assistance to gain independence and build bright futures. Adults receive the supports they need to live meaningful lives as full members of our community,” Board president Steve M. Baker said. “As a renewal levy, there is no request for new money. It is simply seeking to continue collecting on property values as they were the first year it passed in 2011. I hope Miami County voters will continue to care, and join me in voting for the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities in this fall’s election.”

For more information, visit the Friends for Riverside website at https://friendsforriverside.wixsite.com/2020 or its Facebook page www.facebook.com/friendsforriverside.

Superintendent Green will present information regarding the renewal levy at the Meet the Candidates Night at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, which will be broadcast live on: WPTW FM 98.1 and WPTW AM 1570, Power 107.1, Indian Nation Station live and replay and on Facebook live at Troy Chamber of Commerce and Steve Baker WHIO TV.