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ESCANABA – The renewal of a senior services millage for programs at the Menominee Delta Schoolcraft Community Action Agency is on the August 7 ballot in Delta County. They are asking for .8 mills for 10 years.
Director Julie Moberg said the proposal is a slight increase over the current millage.
“The miniumn wage has gone up. Our meal runners don’t make a huge amount of money but we’ve had to deal with the miniumn wage laws and that increase. We have gasoline we have to buy. So, with all of those types of costs over the last 10 years we are just asking for slight increase,” Moberg said.
Moberg said the millage would amount to about $40 a year on a home worth $100-thousand. It would generate $930-thousand in it’s first year.
Senior Service Director Sally Kidd said the money is used to fund several programs in the area.
“A 100 percent of our senior centers are supported by millage. It also helps support our nuterition program, specifically home delivered meals. All of our meal routes are supported by millage. And in-home services also is supported by millage,”said Kidd.
Since the loss of state funding, it also supports the Adult Day Care program at the Memory Care Center at Bishop Noa.
The Community Action Agency operates four senior centers and delivers about 350 meals a day.