By Wayne Allen
November 5, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The voters of Scioto County went to the ballot box Tuesday and approved two renewal levies that will continue the services of the United Scioto Senior Activities Inc., (USSA) and the Scioto County Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic.
At 53 of 77 precincts reporting, the Senior levy was leading 5,915 for the levy and 1,849 against the levy.
The .3 mil senior levy has been in place for a number of years and provides funding for senior citizens services of the area.
According to Renee Ellis, Executive Director of USSA with the passage of the levy, “Vital services such as homebound escort, transportation, homemaker, adult daycare, information, assistance and socialization will continue without interruption.”
She said as of Tuesday, Nov. 5, 894 residents of Scioto County have been served, so far this year through USSA services such as, transportation, homemaker (light housekeeping), homebound escort, center activities, adult daycare, outreach services (help with HEAP applications, help with Medicare issues, informational referrals and help with insurance issues).
Ellis said with continuously shrinking state and federal budgets, local support is need more than ever to ensure services continue. She said the levy will cost a homeowner with a house valued at $100,000, $5.85 per year.
Ellis equated the cost of the levy to one value meal or large specialty coffee.
At 53 of 77 precincts reporting the TB Levy was leading 4,853 for the levy and 2,743 against the levy.
According to Michael Martin, Chairman of the TB Board, this levy has been in place since the 1950s.
“The TB department (clinic) is a requirement that we (Scioto County) have the ability to test people for Tuberculosis,” Martin said. “If your a resident of Scioto County you can be tested for free.”
He said the staff of the TB Clinic does a yearly chest x-ray looking at those who have been exposed to make sure they do not have active Tuberculosis.
Martin said the staff of the clinic goes out and makes sure those who have been exposed, get the proper treatment for up to a year, with several medications.
“The nurse will go their their house and make sure they take the needed medications and make sure they become cleared of this disease,” Martin said.
Since the TB Clinic is something that’s required to be provided, had the levy failed the money to fund the clinic would have to come from existing county and city funding.
For more information about USSA visit them at 117-119 Market Street in Portsmouth or call 740-354-6672.
The Scioto County TB Clinic is located at 617 Court Street, Portsmouth and can be reached by calling 740-355-1250.
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