Hancock County voters will be faced with a choice on the ballot this Nov. 6; whether to continue a levy which has provided $250,000 each year for the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop.
The Hancock County Sheltered Workshop provides employment and life skills training for approximately 80 clients from our area. These clients include those with often significant mental or physical handicaps who might otherwise not be able to find employment or would have difficulty functioning in the community.
The Workshop, which has been in operation for approximately 50 years, works with these individuals to teach them a trade, as well as social and life skills. They learn money management, volunteer their time in civic activities and are able to take part in a variety of community events they otherwise might not experience.
As part of that work, the Workshop operates a laundry service which processes 3 million pounds of laundry each year for businesses across three states.
First, and most importantly, we must point out this levy is a continuation of the one which has existed in Hancock County for many years. That means there will be absolutely no tax increase for our residents as a result of passing this levy.
And while $250,000 is a lot of money, it means even more to those who benefit from it. The levy primarily covers to cost of transporting the clients to and from the Workshop. Without this transportation, there would be no way for all of them to have access to these services which have become so important to so many over the years.
By law, the levy must receive approval from 61 percent of the vote. That has never been a problem in its history, and we hope that is a trend that continues.
We urge our Hancock County residents to continue this vital source of funding for such an important organization.