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                                     Senior Millage funds vital community services needed by seniors to promote health, safety, and independence. One of the largest programs that Senior Millage funds is Meals on Wheels, matching State and Federal funding, so that there is not a wait list for home delivered meals in the County. Senior Millage also funds Community Action to provide Senior Transportation, Minor Home Repair, and Home Heating Assistance. CareWell Services SW partners with Senior Millage to fund the meals pro- gram in addition to benefits counseling, vision, hearing, and personal emergency response devices.
A millage rate is the tax rate used to calculate local property taxes. The millage rate represents the amount per every $1,000 of a property's assessed value. In Michigan, properties are taxed at 50% of their state equalized value. At .7452 mills, Senior Millage costs a homeowner of a home that is valued at $150,000 an average of $56 per year. The new Parks Millage at
.2 mills would be cost $12 per year
for a homeowner of a home valued at $150,000.
Helen Guzzo, LMSW, Special to Senior Times
Calhoun County has two important millage proposals on the August 4, 2020 primary ballot, renewal of the Senior Millage and a new Parks Millage.
walk, kayak, and play. The Parks Millage proposal is for .2 mills for five years to raise funds to operate, preserve, acquire, maintain, and develop parks throughout the County. Funds would go to maintain and enhance County Parks including Ott Biological Preserve, Kimball Pines Park, Historic Bridges Park, and a new park in Albion.
Calhoun County Senior Millage, first passed by voters in 1996, is up for a ten- year renewal. Senior Millage funds 22 different programs administered by ten nonprofit community organizations. In 2019, Senior Millage funded programs served over 6,500 older adults, age 60 and over. Senior Millage is .7452 mills, raises over $2.7 million annually and was last authorized by voters in 2010, passing with over 79% approval.
If approved, the Parks and Recreation Millage would generate $730,000 per year. Funds would be split 50% to County parks and 50% to local munici- palities for parks projects. Each commu- nity’s allocation would be based on pop- ulation size. Proposed projects that could be funded include River Walk repairs
and bathroom remodels in the City of Marshall, a new riverside park and boat launch in Emmett Township, Ardmoor Park improvements in Bedford Township, and repairs to the Linear Park in Battle Creek and other parks.
 Senior Millage also partners with Summit Pointe, Bronson Battle Creek, Senior Care Partners/P.A.C.E. and the Battle Creek Y Center to fund Senior Health Partners. Senior Health Partners provides a Community Cares Option program, which provides in-home nurse assessments and limited homecare for seniors that are starting to experience decline. Senior Health Partners also offers a supervised exercise program called Senior Fitness and Fun, which has suspended its in-person classes during the COVID response but is looking to reopen services soon with walking clubs in area parks. Senior Millage-funded services are coordinated and have all been developed to address different unmet needs of older adults living in the community.
It is important for our democracy that people be educated about the issues and candidates on the ballot and that they vote. With the risk of being in public from the COVID pandemic, citizens can contact their City or County clerk to receive an absentee ballot application. The application can be completed now for both the Michigan primary on August 4, 2020 and the General Election on November 3, 2020. Senior Millage and the new Parks Millage are tools for the County to improve the quality of life for the community.
  In addition to renewal of the Senior Millage, Calhoun County is proposing a new Parks and Recreation Millage.
A vibrant community needs parks to provide places for people to experience nature. Parks help strengthen the com- munity by providing places to bike,
Helen Guzzo, LMSW, is the Manager of Calhoun County Senior Services, which funds 22 different service programs for residents age 60 and over with Senior Millage tax dollars to promote health, safety, and wellness. Call (269) 781-0846 or email for more information.
    900 Territorial Road W, Battle Creek, Michigan 49015 Call 269-968-0300 or
An apartment community for seniors 55 and older
   (Between Capital Avenue and 20th Street)
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