Health district seeking levy to avoid cuts in services

Homeowners would pay $12.60 a year to continue shot clinics, inspections.

URBANA — The Champaign Health District will ask voters this fall to approve a 0.4-mill renewal levy that covers a wide range of services, including school inspections, nuisance investigations and health and education screenings.

The levy, which will be put to voters this spring, provides about 60 percent of the funding for the health district’s general fund, said Shelia Hiddleson, commissioner of the Champaign Health District. It will provide about $252,500 to the district each year.

If approved, the levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $12.60 per year, or about $1.05 per month.

Since the health district first passed the levy in 2007, Hiddleson said the district has been able to expand its hours for providing vital statistics to residents and has provided evening clinics for adult immunizations. Those services and others would likely be eliminated if the levy is not renewed.

“If we don’t pass the levy, we will have to cut services,” Hiddleson said.

She said many residents may not believe the levy has a significant impact on them. But the health district uses the money for providing some vaccines to adults, investigating communicable diseases and tracking illnesses related to food, among other services.

Mark Westfall, a Rush Twp. trustee, said since the levy provides a reliable revenue stream to the health district, it also provides townships and villages with a better idea of the amount they owe each year to the district for services.

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