Voters OK Riverside levy renewal

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County voters renewed its support of the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ 2.5-mill property tax levy for services this election.

The renewal property tax received 70 percent (38,066 votes) for the levy and 30 percent (16,457 votes) against it, in unofficial results from the Miami County Board of Elections.

“We extend our sincere thanks to Miami County voters for their support in Tuesday’s election. Because voters have chosen to continue to care about their friends and neighbors with developmental disabilities, Riverside and our service partners can continue providing vital services to nearly 1,000 people — from babies to senior citizens — who need us.

“We thank the Miami County community for being a part of our success and we are grateful for their steadfast support,” said Brian W. Green, superintendent of the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, also known as Riverside.

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. The 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.