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Watch: Ellen Cantor On Seniors Levy

Ellen Cantor, the interim CEO of the Lake County Council On Aging, talked about the seniors replacement levy while at the legislative breakfast

The Lake County Development Council held its annual legislative breakfast Monday at .

U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette, Ohio State Sen. John Eklund, Ohio Reps. Ron Young and Lorraine Fende, Lake County Commissioner Dan Troy and Max Blachman, a representative for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, spoke at the breakfast and answered questions from the audience.

The breakfast began with Ellen Cantor, the interim CEO for the Lake County Council On Aging, discussing the 0.5-mill .

If the levy were approved, it would be a 0.1-mill increase from the levy that was originally passed in 1992.

The new 5-year levy would produce $3,159,248 for senior services in Lake County while costing property owners $15.31 annually per $100,000 valuation, according to the Lake County Auditor's Office.

By comparison, the current levy would produce $2,565,291 and cost property owners $12.25 per $100,000 valuation if renewed. In 2007, the last time the levy passed, it produced $2.9 million per year.

Fifty-three percent of the levy's proceeds are distributed to the Lake County Council on Aging, 42 percent to 10 local senior centers and the remainder goes to the RSVP senior volunteer program.

Cantor the additional millage was needed to keep funding at about the same level. Without it, funding would drop because of decreased property values -- and, consequently, decreased property taxes -- and the phasing out of .

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