ASHLAND -- The Ashland County Health Department's replacement levy passed with a 55.89 percent approval rate, according to unofficial election results.
"We are thrilled with the outcome of the Ashland County Health Department’s levy, not only for the voters of Ashland County, but also for city residents who have access to health department services through a contract for services with the county," said Sarah Humprey, Ashland County Health Commissioner. "This is a big win for local public health services in Ashland County.
"With the support from our community, we will be able to maintain our current services and strategically position ourselves to support Ashland’s growth. We are proud to be part of ‘someplace special.' Thank you Ashland County."
The services that the Ashland County Health Department provides will now stay in Ashland County as opposed to moving to another, such as Richland County, Cleveland or Columbus.
The Ashland County Health Department offers a wide-range of services including vaccinations, birth and death certificates, animal bites, diseases, car seats as well as food, water and sewage inspections.
Over the past several months, the Ashland County Health Department has partnered with the Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board, UH Samaritan, the City of Ashland and the County Commissioners of Ashland County to conduct a community health assessment and develop a community health improvement plan.
Because the levy was passed, the health department will be able to move forward with their plans of improving the community's health.
“I think, people don’t stop to think about it – when they go to a public pool or when you go get a tattoo – the health department has been there making sure that when you do this, things are going to stay safe and healthy,” said Jill Hartson, PHEP/ MRC Coordinator of the Ashland County Health Department.