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Senior citizens are VIPs in Dallas County

In August 2016, Dallas County voters approved the Senior Tax Fund, a small five-cent levy added to residents’ property tax as of Jan. 1, 2017.

The levy increase of five cents per $100 of assessed valuation is to provide services to persons 60 years of age or older. A home assessed at $100,000 will increase the owner’s taxes by only $9.50 per year. Yet the total number of dollars collected will save taxpayers money in the long run by helping keep senior citizens in their homes instead of in a nursing home.

While many senior citizens are in good health, many others, including low income residents, live on fixed incomes and have health problems that threaten their independence. The new program will help provide basic services to those who need them.

The fund is managed by a board of directors who look for ways to improve the health, nutrition and quaiity of life of senior citizens. Such services could include: home delivered meals; senior center support; programs to maintain senior independence; in-home care for seniors; assistance with financial matters; and extended home-care services.

The members of the board include the following: Dee Dugan, chairwoman; Suzie Luke, vice chairwoman; Martha Hamilton, secretary; Frank Rice, treasurer; John Kuhns, Sharon Reasoner and Judy O’Bannon.

Most senior citizens want to stay in their own homes as long as possible, and this new program is designed to help them do that.

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