Council on Aging aims to maintain servicesPublished 6:01pm Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Cass County Council on Aging plans to continue and maintain its services offered to older adults in the region after Tuesday’s millage renewal proposal passed in the August primary elections.
The millage renewal, set for up to .9036 mill levy, will extend for a period of four years, beginning Dec. 1, 2013. The expected annual revenue will produce more than $1.6 million, which will fund services, including to the improvement of the social, health, emotional and recreational status of older citizens in the community.
“It was very good for us,” Brent Robinson, director of Front Street Crossing in Dowagiac, said. “We’ll be able to keep the same services; without it, we would have had to make some drastic cuts.”
Throughout meetings and conversations leading to the election, Robinson said he had heard many voters express interest in passing millage renewal proposals and rejecting any new millages.
Laura Rohacs, of Dowagiac, said she votes at every possible chance and she voted ‘yes’ for the COA millage renewal.
“We need it,” Rohacs said. “The older generations, we don’t have much.”