3 big questions about Middletown senior
p.m Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Middletown voters will decide on a senior
services renewal levy this spring.
City Council unanimously voted this week to http://www.journal-news.com/news/middletown-senior-services-renewal-levy-appear-may-ballot/RSXcvxfSdyecaiu6Hp6yOO/" rel="nofollow - on
the May 2 ballot.
five-year, 1-mill levy renewal for http://www.journal-news.com/news/local/middletown-central-connections-under-new-leadership/za8PDClPP5Sv1vASo6Lq8I/" rel="nofollow - http://www.journal-news.com/news/middletown-senior-services-renewal-levy-appear-may-ballot/RSXcvxfSdyecaiu6Hp6yOO/" rel="nofollow - - MORE: How levy funds will be spent
and who will benefit
Here are some
of the questions that were posed to Central Connections officials, and their
answers during Tuesday’s meeting:
1. Is it possible to reduce the amount or number of years
of the levy?
executive director of Central Connections,said an elections attorney the
organization works with said the number of years could be reduced without a new
resolution going before the city council, “however, the millage can’t change
without a new resolution or starting over.”
have said it would be too late to start over and still place the matter on the
not reduce the levy’s term during their meeting this week.
2. Could the city manage the levy proceeds through an
agreement between the senior center and city government?
Central Connections “would be in favor of an agreement or a contract between
the senior center and the city of Middletown.”
Mulligan Jr. said he had asked that question because he wanted to know whether
city government could “be a little more specific in terms of how the funds
would be used, maybe allow for some check points once the mortgage is reduced…
Allow council to determine possibly how those could be used.”
“allow us to have a little better control and oversight,” Mulligan said.
Council Member Dan Picard said he didn’t want the city to become involved in
running Central Connections.
the organization is willing to be more specific about how the levy money can be
3. Council Member Talbott Moon noted that with the levy
generating $662,000 per year over five years, that’s about twice the money that
will be needed to pay off the mortgage. “Can you give the public a little bit
of information of where rest of the (money) is going to go?” Moon asked.
answered that could be a conversation the organization could have with city
government about oversight.
previously have said the excess also could be used for roof repairs and a fund
to finance future capital needs.
said by the time the levy term expires, Middletown
seniors will account for 20 percent of the population, compared with 16 percent