Puterbaugh told county commissioners, during a meeting in December where more than 70 people crowded into the county commission board auditorium, that the levy increase was necessary because the county’s older population, age 60 and above, is expected to increase by 16 percent over a five-year period starting in 2015.
In addition to a growing aging population, the number of seniors receiving services through the council’s largest program has increased 46 percent since 2009 when the current levy passed, according to information from the council.
Gloria Allen, a 54-year-old Beavercreek resident, has used council on aging services since 2012. Through the program, she is able to afford to have someone come in and help with taking care of her father-in-law who lives with her.
“It’s too expensive to have somebody to come in,” Allen said. “That, and you don’t know who’s going to come in if you don’t go through somebody. Greene County (Council on Aging) finds the people for you and sends them in.”