Community services levy on the ballot

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — On Nov. 8, Tipp Monroe Community Services is asking voters to approve a replacement levy that would allow the organization to continue their educational, recreational, and social services to the community.

Voting yes on Issue 19 would approve a five year, .5 mill replacement levy, Debbie Jackson of TMCS told the Tipp City Council at a recent meeting.

“We ask that everybody supports us, it’s Issue 19 on the ballot,” she said. According to Jackson, the non-profit organization offered more than 200 programs and activities in the past year, and provided services to more than 19,000 people.

The levy currently makes up about 36 percent of the organization’s $380,000 yearly budget, Jackson said. Program fees, contributions, and contracts with the city and township cover the remaining costs.

TMCS has been operating on the same millage since 1992, which is actually worth about .25 mills. The replacement levy would increase that millage to .5 mills.

The cost to the owner of a $100,000 home would be an additional $8.99, Jackson said.

TMCS has provided educational, recreational, and social services to the residents of Tipp City and Monroe Township for more than 40 years.

Classes have included ACT prep, dog obedience, gardening, heroin awareness, elder law, and rape defense classes. TMCS also coordinates youth basketball, flag football, Camp Kern trips, and other recreational programs.

The organization’s social services include funds and programs that help residents access services that they need, from mobile meals for seniors and disabled residents, rent and utility assistance, to a diaper and formula fund, coat drives, and holiday gift giving. TMCS’ annual Lunch on Us program provides thousands of meals to school-aged children during the summer months. This summer, the organization served more than 7,200 meals.

“Those are all funded by the United Way, the Tipp Foundation, churches, businesses, clubs and organizations. None of our tax levy money is used for these,” Jackson said of the group’s social service programs.

TMCS is also an active organizer in many special events, including the annual Run for the Mums 5K, visits with Santa, the Community Wide Garage Sale, and the Halloween parade and party.

For more information about the organization, call (937) 667-8631 or visit

By Cecilia Fox

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