OUR VIEW: Vote ‘yes’ to seniors’ agency millage renewal

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:50 am on Thursday, May 01, 2014

On Tuesday, voters will be asked to continue funding a service for some of our most worthy citizens.

The Montcalm County Commission on Aging serves our local senior citizens, many of whom live below the poverty level.

The primary service the Commission on Aging offers is also the most expensive — the Senior Meals Program. Along with providing nourishment, the thrice-weekly visit from the Meals driver is often the only regular social contact for some homebound seniors.

For those seniors who are still able to be out and about, the Commission on Aging offers Congregate Meals for seniors to enjoy food and fellowship.

The Commission on Aging also provides in-home caregiver respite, tax assistance, grocery shopping, personal care and transportation services, among other services.

State and federal funding covers some Commission on Aging costs, but voter-approved millage funding provides a crucial steady revenue source to fill in the major cracks.

Four years, ago, Montcalm County voters approved .45 mills to help fund the Commission on Aging. On Tuesday, voters will be asked to simply renew that amount so senior citizen services can continue uninterrupted for another four years.

The cost for a homeowner with a $100,000 home would be $45 per year, or half that for a homeowner with a $50,000 home.

Like Commission on Aging Director Bob Clingenpeel says, delivering meals to and socializing with our local senior citizens isn’t typically front page news, but it’s a critical aspect of quality of life. Many of our seniors are on their own in the world and need good neighbors looking out for them.

Let’s be good neighbors to our local senior citizens. We support a vote in favor of the Commission on Aging millage renewal.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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