Ashland Developmental Disability Board Holds Open House

  • 10/10/2017 9:43:36 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - The Ashland County Board of Developmental Disabilities held an open house and ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon at the Dale-Roy School, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Board of Developmental Disabilities.

"We wanted to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the passing of Amended Senate Bill 169 in 1967," said David B. Ashley, Superintendent of the Ashland County Board of Developmental Disabilities. "It's the 50th Anniversary of that, and the significance of that bill is that it created the County Boards as we know them today."

Ashley recounted how the bill helped parents of special needs children by letting each county tax for their specific need.

"Prior to 1967, there were no services. The only 'services' around were parents that had gathered money, built buildings with private donations and whatnot, and what Senate Bill 169 did was allow counties to tax county-wide, and raise dollars for services."

Numerous dignitaries showed up for the 50th Anniversary celebration, including Ashland Mayor Duane Fishpaw and State of Ohio representative Darrell Kick.

Ashley also talked about the need to pass a 2.1 mil renewal levy, which makes up 28% of the program's operating budgets. Passage of the levy is needed to continue operations as usual without making significant cuts to services and programs. The levy is not a new tax and will be used to serve over 240 individuals in the community.

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