KENT:  The Portage County Mental Health & Recovery Board will kick off its renewal1-mill levy campaign on Sept. 9 at 7p.m. in downtown Kent.


The event at the Kent Stage is being held to raise awareness that passing the renewal ensures Portage County will have funds to maintain local treatment services. The levy is not a tax increase, but a renewal of a 1-mill levy first approved by voters in 1983. The property tax rollback is still in effect for renewal issues, so there is no increase.

Levy funds are critical to sustaining local services because the county has lost more than $2.2 million in its annual allocation from the State of Ohio since 2008, which meant 12 percent fewer adults and 6 percent fewer children and teens served last year, according to board officials. The 1-mill levy brings in more than half of the board's local funds.

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