Montgomery County expected to seek tax $56M levy renewal

Tom Kelley, Montgomery County assistant administrator, and county Commissioner Debbie Lieberman at a recent commission meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
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Tom Kelley, Montgomery County assistant administrator, and county Commissioner Debbie Lieberman at a recent commission meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Montgomery County commissioners today took a step toward placing a levy renewal on the November ballot that raises nearly $56 million annually for health, human and social services programs.

The county commission has officially accepted a recommendation by the Human Services Levy Council and asked the county auditor to certify the projected revenue that one of its two existing human services levies generates.

The two levies — Levy A and B — pay for services that protect vulnerable children and populations, assist people with developmental disabilities, combat the drug epidemic, help people find work and seek to improve the quality of life for other residents.

Levy B, which expires at the end of the year, would last for eight years and would cost the owner of an occupied, $100,000 home about $185 each year.

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The levy council did not want to raise taxes at this time because of current economic conditions in the county, said Tom Kelley, assistant county administrator.

County voters in November 2014 approved a renewal measure for Levy A that added an additional 1 mill. Levy A was expected to generate about $73 million in 2015.

Voters last approved Levy B in 2010. The human services levies have never failed in their roughly 34-year history.

County commissioners next week are expected to vote to add a renewal measure to November’s ballot.