Local health levy passes by wide margin


By Megan Neary - mneary@aimmediamidwest.com



The 1.75-mill, 10-year Fayette County Board of Health renewal levy passed with 66.9 percent of the vote at Tuesday’s general election, according to unofficial results from the Fayette County Board of Elections.

This levy has been in operation since the 1980s and it raises about $845,905 a year, which makes up about 43 percent of the department’s budget. Votes for the levy totaled 5,527 with 2,735 against.

Deputy Health Commissioner Leigh Cannon said, “Fayette County Public Health thanks their supporters for passing our health renewal levy. We look forward to continuing to be fiscally responsible and acting honorably with taxpayers’ dollars. The continued support means the world to us.”

The money raised by the levy helps to support a number of public health services, according to Cannon. Services offered by the department include: household sewage treatment system and private water system permits and inspections, blood pressure screenings, family planning pregnancy testing and STD testing and treatment, landfill licensing inspections for compliance and safety, bureau of children with medical handicaps, public swimming pool licensing inspections for compliance and safety, campground licensing and inspections, infant massage class and safe sitter class, the Vivitrol program, dog bites and rabies investigations, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, WIC nutrition and education programs, pro-breastfeeding support, peer helpers, vision and hearing screenings as public schools, Help Me Grow home visiting, family support and play groups, developmental screenings and evaluations, communicable disease surveillance, immunizations for children and adults, school clinic nursing in public school districts, health educations, tattoo and piercing studios licensing and inspections for compliance, food safety licensing and inspection of all food establishments, water sampling for private water systems, school inspections for safety and cleanliness, and breastfeeding education and mentoring.

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By Megan Neary

mneary@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Megan Neary at 614-440-9124 or @MeganNeary2

Reach Megan Neary at 614-440-9124 or @MeganNeary2