Issue 15 renewal levy funds crucial for the most vulnerable
Issue 15 is a levy renewal to help critical medical services at MetroHealth as well as help children, families and seniors throughout Cuyahoga County. Issue 15 will not increase taxes.
“It’s a very visible statement of what we stand for as a community and in alignment with what MetroHealth stands for,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald during a levy kick-off event at MetroHealth earlier this month.
“We are really appreciative of all of the funding we get from the Health and Human Services levy,” said MetroHealth’s Sara Laskey, MD, at the same event. MetroHealth services supported by the levy include MetroHealth’s Level One Trauma and Burn Center, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Metro Life Flight. Trauma patients at MetroHealth have increased 30%, and Emergency Department providers saw 105,000 patients last year.
Issue 15 “helps children and citizens of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest, and the most vulnerable of citizens,” Dr. Laskey explained.
FitzGerald acknowledged that these are tough financial times to ask for the levy renewal. “We never take it for granted,” he said of voter support. “The need is as great as it’s ever been. Voters would never say no if they could see the people who are helped by this levy – if they could look them in the eyes.”
The renewal levy’s cost to the owner of a $100,000 home would continue to be about $147.
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