Staff: Clarifying Horizons’ campaign for mill levy
To the editor:
This letter is to clarify some of the misinformation contained in the letter written to the editor printed Thursday.
Because of state and federal funding cuts, we have been given the opportunity to ask the residents of Moffat County to make a choice to help those of our residents with special needs and challenges.
Horizons has operated in Moffat County for about 30 years. But never before have we come before the county commissioners or the residents of the county to ask for a mill levy increase. Even though we had the right to do so for 30 years since the state statue that covers CCBs — Community Centered Boards — such as Horizons was written in 1964. The max is 1 mill. We can never ask for any more than that. So, please don’t think we will be asking for more because it is not allowed.
Horizons did hire a political consultant to help with our campaign, but the money that was spent on this did not come from any funding designated for clients. The money came from outside donations and assets from the sale of a group home in Craig.
Our co-worker stated that a maximum of six people would be helpd by this mill levy passing, this is untrue at this time. We have six families in dire need of service, 19 people total on the waiting list, some of those are still in school. But many more are affected by the services we could offer if the mill levy passes.
To reference the part of the letter that talks about pay raises for staff: As staff, I think that would be great, but I would also like to see the money go to hire specialists and to send staff to in-services and conferences to be better trained, so that we can help improve the clients’ quality of life. If that also includes a higher starting wage and better benefits to quality staff, then that’s what we need to spend it on.
It also stated in the letter that we are counting on it being an off-year election. Honestly, we decided to do it now so that we could tie it in with our 30th anniversary and because, after numerous years of budget cuts, we could really use the help.
We do agree with our co-worker to please consider your neighbors, especially the less fortunate ones, and yes it is a choice — a very simple yes or no.
If you see us out and about, please stop and ask us questions and please remember we are all neighbors, family and friends.
Pauline K. Godfrey
Jane M. Milligan
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