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Friday, February 20, 2009

DISCUSSION: MRDD Series Vol 1 - IS MRDD'S MIKE MILLER ANSWERING COMMISSIONER BOSLEY'S CONCERNS?



Back on January 17th the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) went to a "levy information" presentation at its Whipple Dale facility put on by the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) administration.

This is the first in a series that The Report will be doing on the MRDD levy request.

Much of The Report's presentation will be video taken at the January 17th presentation so that you can hear straight from CEO/Superintendent Michael Miller.

For today, The Report - as a intro - repeats one simple question posed by the Stark County commissioners as voiced by Commissioner Todd Bosley in a article by Alliance Review reporter Laurie Hoffman.

Here is the essence of the commissioners concerns as expressed in this excerpt from The Review:
Voters should be aware, it was also noted by Commissioner Todd Bosley in an interview on Thursday, that even if the levy is approved and the entity's Southgate and Eastgate schools are kept open, they will change from what they are today. This information was given to the board of commissioners during a presentation on Feb. 4 by Mike Miller, Stark MRDD director. "We have given them (Stark MRDD) the opportunity to make their case to the voters, and I wish them success," said Bosley. "I posed a series of questions to Mike (Miller) at the Feb. 4 meeting and I was told if they are in fact kept open, the schools will change."

Bosley also questioned Miller at the same meeting as to what, specifically, would be different at the schools, but Miller said he could not give an answer at that time.
The Report's question is this. Should Stark Countians be willing to vote for an "unknown?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The tragedy of all of this is the intended or unintended confusion that was created by the recently passed mental health levy. In the minimum, it was sold as NO increase in tax replacement when it actually as an INCREASE. Not nice to deceive the voters. Worse, it had nothing to do with MRDD, it's potential unintended victim.
Imagine the voter wrath that will occur when this comes out during the upcoming MRDD campaign.