Community services levy passes

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — The renewal levy supporting Tipp Monroe Community Services has passed.

Unofficial results had the levy passing at 56 percent in favor as of press time, with 3,926 in favor and 3,054 opposed.

The levy currently makes up about 36 percent of the organization’s $380,000 yearly budget. 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 a year.

TMCS has provided educational, recreational, and social services to the residents of Tipp City and Monroe Township for more than 40 years. The non-profit organization offered more than 200 programs and activities in the past year, and provided services to more than 19,000 people.

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, not tax dollars

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.

By Cecilia Fox

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