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Hancock workshop deserves support

November 2, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Hancock County voters are being asked to vote to continue a levy that has provided $250,000 each year for the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop.

They should vote "yes" when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

The workshop provides employment and life skills training for approximately 80 clients. These clients include those with often significant mental or physical handicaps who might not otherwise be able to find employment or would have difficulty functioning in the community.

The workshop, which has been in operation for about 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 that processes 3 million pounds of laundry each year for businesses around the Tri-State Area.

This levy is a continuation of the one that has existed in Hancock County for many years. That means there will be absolutely no tax increase for 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 the 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 that 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.

That's why Hancock County residents should continue this vital source of funding for such an important organization and say "yes" to the levy.

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