When was the senior millage passed?
The senior millage was initially approved by Calhoun voters in November 1996 and renewed in 2000 and 2006. The initial levy amount was approved up to .75 mills annually. In August 2010, the Millage levy was again strongly approved for a 10 year period at .7452 mills.
Why was the senior milllage passed?
The senior millage was placed on the ballot by concerned citizens who felt current resources were not supporting this county's seniors appropriately. Before the millage was passed, there were seniors who were unable to get home delivered meals, respite care, or in-home assistance with daily living activities like bathing, cooking, and cleaning. Long wait lists were prominent in Calhoun County for seniors needing these services who were unable to afford them.
Who decides where the money goes?
The Calhoun County Board of Commissioners is responsible for these dollars. To assist them in making these decisions, they have appointed thirteen citizens from Calhoun County who are responsible for recommending funding for programs that best serve the county's seniors. This Committee then monitors the vendors, programs, and their effectiveness in serving the seniors of Calhoun County through the Calhoun County Office of Senior Services whose staff is dedicated to the senior millage.
Are the millage dollars being used in place of other dollars?
What vendors are involved and what services are provided?
Each year, the County has a competitive Request For Proposal process (RFP) that is open to any vendors who wish to apply for millage dollars for programs serving Calhoun County seniors sixty (60) years of age and older. Click here for a current list of services and providers or call Senior Services at 269-781-0846 or toll free 1 (877) MILLAGE (1-877-645-5243) for a copy of the current brochure which lists all programs, the agencies that provide the programs, and the phone numbers to call.
How are vendors held accountable?
How do I know I am eligible for services?
All programs require seniors to be sixty (60) years of age and older and reside in Calhoun County. Some programs have income eligibility requirements. Other programs require assessments such as case management/in-home services, home delivered meals, and hospice respite care. Guardianship requires a court order. If there is a program you are interested in, you should contact the agency that provides the program. A complete listing of these services can be obtained by calling Senior Services at (269) 781-0846 or toll free at 1-877-645-5243 or by clicking here.
Who do I call if I have more questions or would like additional information?
The Calhoun County Office of Senior Services has staff that specializes in the senior millage. Please contact these professionals at (269) 781-0846 to answer any questions you may have regarding the senior millage and the services it offers.