Vote yes for Franklin County Issue 14, ADAMH Board levy
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus supports the Franklin County ADAMH Board property tax levy (Issue 14) and urges voters to seek its passage.
As always, the League's support is grounded in public policy positions arrived at through study and consensus by its membership, and by a careful review of the levy and the organization proposing it, the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County. Reasons to support Issue 14 include:
- The levy's purpose is supported by three separate local League positions, including the position on Levy-Funded Agencies (cooperation among agencies and flexible funds for changing needs); Community-Based Treatment (residential services and housing, shared responsibility for funding, and coordination of funding/service delivery); and Addiction Services (responsibility of individuals, prevention services, linkages to needed services, and underserved populations).
- The renewal levy will cost homeowners no more than they currently pay for these services.
- Research shows that every dollar spent on substance abuse treatment saves $4 in healthcare expenses and $7 in law enforcement and criminal justice costs. Improved treatment for mental illness generates an estimated $7 in positive economic benefits for every $1 invested. Helping people get treatment for and recover from these conditions supports a number of other positive social conditions that improve the central Ohio community.