2/19/16 – 4:59 A.M.
The Blanchard Valley Center is working to set up strategic goals for the future, and as a result you might not see their levies on the ballot as frequently. The Courier reports BVC Superintendent Kelli Grisham met with the county commissioners Thursday to get their input. Commissioner Phil Riegle suggested avoiding back-to-back levy campaigns in the future.
In May of 2015, voters renewed a 5-year, 1.9 mill operating levy for the center. A year before that a five-year, 2.5-mill levy that generates around $2.3 million a year was passed. Riegle says that while the BVC levies usually get a lot of support from the community, spacing out them out could help if public sentiment ever changed.
An upcoming change at the center will see Blanchard Valley Industries begin operating independently in October. Grisham says clients and their families will see very little change. She compared it to when a nonprofit corporation took over operations of the BVC’s residential program in 2014. The move was made to sidestep pressure on public institutions to move clients from residential housing to homes in the larger community.
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