Renewal Levy Tailgate Planned for Friday

by WHIZ Reporter on September 4, 2012 at 7:05 am

Muskingum Behavioral Health is holding a tailgate party to kick off its levy renewal campaign.

The tailgate will feature raffles prizes as well as the traditional tailgating food.

Executive Director Steve Carrel said the event is all in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of renewing the levy, which provides a majority of the funding for drug and alcohol recovery programs.

"It’s all in fun," said Carrel, "but again for a very serious issue because this levy does provide the foundation for all the funding for the Behavioral Healthcare system,"

If voters approve the renewal levy, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home, about $20 per year.

Carrel said if the levy does not pass, the organization will not be able to fund many of its programs.

"Between 25% – 30% of our budget would be gone," said Carrel, "which would be very devastating, since we’ve already lost about 20% through state and federal cuts."

The event runs Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Muskingum Behavioral Health at 601 Underwood Street.