Centerburg Senior Services bingo

Bingo games at Centerburg Senior Services are among the many activities made possible through funding from the Knox County Senior Levy. The five-year, 0.79-mill levy is up for renewal on the Nov. 2, 2021, ballot.

MOUNT VERNON — A five-year, 0.79-mill renewal levy to support maintenance and operation of services and facilities for senior citizens is one of three county issues voters will see on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Renewal levies do not raise taxes for property owners; they extend the current amount for an additional length of time.

The levy is expected to generate $1.1 million. The Knox County Board of Commissioners distributes the money to a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide services to seniors age 60 and over.

Commissioner Teresa Bemiller said the priority is meals on wheels programs, but services also include lawn maintenance, housekeeping, medical transportation, and socialization activities. These services and activities are open to all seniors in Knox County and do not have income eligibility requirements.

“Some of the centers ask if you can make a donation,” she said.

Organizations providing services include:

•Centerburg Senior Services

•Center of Hope Knox County

•Fredericktown Senior Activity Center

•JFS Adult Protective Services

•Knox County Task Force for Older Adults

•Sanctuary Community Action

•Sew Special Network (That Place on Market)

•The Station Break Senior Citizens Center of Knox County

Bemiller noted that funding is not restricted to these organizations. Other organizations can always apply.

“These entities all have boards to help direct the activities of the senior centers,” Bemiller said. “They have to give a lot of information when they apply [for funding].”

“All of these programs, we are not the sole source of income for them,” Commissioner Bill Pursel said, adding that funding also comes from grants, emergency food programs, and state and federal government. “We do require quarterly reports.”

“They all do a really good job for seniors, especially for seniors who like socializing with each other,” Bemiller said.

“The boards are very conscientious about what the seniors' needs are,” Pursel added. “The boards will do their homework on what the seniors need.”

Early voting got underway on Oct. 5 and will run through Nov. 1 at the Knox County Board of Elections, 104 E. Sugar St. Click here for a list of early voting dates and times or to learn more about absentee voting.

On Nov. 2, polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. To find your precinct and polling location, click here.

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