It's important to us to get the word out about the Hancock County Animal Shelter and the levy it has placed before county voters.
Today, at the polls, we urge county residents to approve this levy. Passage is vital to the continued daily operations of the shelter.
The levy would generate about $100,000 annually for the next four years, beginning July 1.
It initially passed by a 64 percent margin when introduced before voters in 2008. But now that levy is nearing its end as it expires on June 30.
And although a majority of voters supported the levy during a special election in October, it fell 0.6 percent of the 60-percent-plus-one vote margin necessary for passage.
What's important for voters to understand is this is NOT a new levy. It's a renewal.
Passage of the levy would not raise the taxes of Hancock County residents. What it would do is continue at the level that has been in place since 2008.
"The money is used to keep our doors open," explains Tom Goff, a board member and spokesman for the animal shelter.
So, we ask those registered voters to do the right thing and vote for the levy.
Goff says the top goal of the shelter is the care of the animals, and by voters approving the levy, that care is able to continue.