Frequently Asked Questions
The purpose of the senior services levy has always been to fund services for the frailest and most vulnerable older adults in our community. Our goal is to help people live safely in their own homes with independence and dignity by providing services, such as Meals on Wheels, personal care, adult day care, medical transportation, homemaking, emergency response systems, care management, counseling, and more. Voting yes for the senior services levy allows us to keep pace with the rapid growth of our older population and ensures that we will not have a waiting list for services.
For example, if your property is valued at $200,000, you will pay $7 more per year. Property owners can calculate their exact cost based on the value of their property by visiting the Delaware County Auditor’s website.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University
However, there is an increased probability of disability in the elderly population, and this small group of seniors will increasingly need some help as they age. The good news is we already have a coordinated system of quality services in place in Delaware County, and now we simply need to keep pace as this group of seniors grows.
No, but more than 80 percent of service funding comes from levy dollars. SourcePoint works hard to add to this budget with funding from grants, donations, service fees, sales, sponsorships, and more. SourcePoint commits to raise an additional $10.7 million in new, non-levy sources over the next five-year period. The fact that SourcePoint will raise these additional funds allows us to keep our millage request low.
SourcePoint also relies heavily on local volunteers, many of whom are older adults themselves, which keeps our levy request much lower than it would be without their time and talent.
The building at 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware is paid for and owned by our county government. The building serves as the administrative facility for SourcePoint, a health and wellness center for older adults, and is the location where Meals on Wheels are produced for county residents. About 14 percent of our annual budget supports the operation of the center. The center is funded by numerous sources, including the work of volunteers.
You must be a resident of Delaware County and, in most cases, age 55 or older. Eligibility is not based on income, but rather the need for services. Those whose income and personal assets prevent them from affording services privately are eligible for assistance through our senior services levy at a reduced cost or at no cost at all.
As good stewards of taxpayer money, we want our service funds to stretch as far as possible. One way to accomplish this in a fair way is to employ a sliding fee scale. This scale is used to ensure that people who have sufficient income and assets participate in paying for some portion of the cost of their services. About 40 percent of our clients do not pay for services because of their financial circumstances. The other 60 percent pay anywhere from 5 to 100 percent of the cost of their care based upon their ability to pay. This approach helps us serve those in need and keeps our tax levy requests as low as possible.
Our average client who receives in-home services is a 79-year-old widowed female who lives alone. In-home services are where SourcePoint spends most of its levy funding.
SourcePoint offers numerous community programs and services to address the various needs of residents age 55 and older, with a focus on healthy aging and prevention-related services. Therefore, someone who participates in our health and wellness programs, insurance classes, or support groups may differ from the average in-home client.
SourcePoint’s administrative costs in 2017 were only 8.5 percent—an extremely low percentage for nonprofit organizations. By comparison, in their evaluation and oversight of nonprofit organizations, United Way recommends an administrative cost of no more than 15 percent. We are committed to keeping our administrative costs low. In fact, when looking ahead, because new funding is dedicated for direct services, we project that the administrative costs of SourcePoint will continue to decrease to an average of 7.5 percent over the five-year span of this levy.
In 2017 SourcePoint spent approximately $9.6 million. Current nursing home expenses in our area can easily exceed $78,000 a year for individuals. SourcePoint provided in-home care to nearly 1,700 seniors, an average of $3,500 per person, in the last year. If instead, those individuals lived in a nursing home, the cost of their care alone would exceed $100 million annually. Through less expensive in-home care, we can serve many more people for a lot less money—and they remain living at home, which they prefer. It is a very efficient and effective use of local tax money.
SourcePoint provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations supporting senior services in Delaware County. Grant applications are accepted on a yearly basis and reviewed by a committee of board members and staff. SourcePoint helps fund programs to help address the needs of local seniors. Providing funds to support programs already in place is more cost-effective than starting a program from scratch.
The extent that we care for the most vulnerable among us provides a sense of security and hope for our community. When we help people remain living in their own homes, it’s not only where they want to live, but also is much less expensive for taxpayers. Continuing the senior services levy ensures the availability of a coordinated system of quality care when it’s needed most. The modest cost of this levy makes sense for our community.