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Summit Developmental Disabilities Board seeks levy renewal Nov. 7

Record Publishing

Voters in Summit County will be asked Nov. 7 to renew a tax issue that funds many of the programs and services provided by the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board…

Local Issues on General Election Ballot

South Side Leader

n addition to races for elected office, voters also may find state and local issues on their General Election ballots. Here’s a synopsis of the issues voters in the South Side News Leader’s coverage area should expect to see…

On the Air with the Ray Horner Morning Show

Summit DD Superintendent, John Trunk and campaign coordinator, Billie Jo David had the opportunity to talk with WAKR’s Ray Horner on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Listen to what they had to say about Issue 3 and Summit DD. Hear the interview here.

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Sample Newsletter Articles

You can help Support Summit DD spread the word about Issue 3 by including articles about the campaign in your email or print newsletters.  Please feel free to make these articles personal but here are some short articles your can include.

See the fall 2017 edition of Aspire by United Disability Services for a sample message from the CEO here.

Sample Newsletter Article

Summit County voters will find Issue 3 on the Nov. 7 ballot, a proposed renewal levy for the county Developmental Disabilities Board. More than 4,700 adults and children with developmental disabilities rely on this funding for essential services. This is not a new tax and will fund services from 2019 – 2024.  This funding makes up more than 80% of Summit DD’s funding.  It is essential that we continue this funding by voting for the levy.  If the levy fails, services like early intervention for kids and families, transition support to help teen gains jobs and support for Special Olympics would be discontinued.  I urge you to vote for Issue 3.  Vote early in-person or by absentee or go to the polls on November 7th.  Talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about Issue 3.  Sign up for a yard sign to show your support.  Our communities are stronger when they include citizens of all abilities, make your vote empower abilities on Nov. 7th.  More information about Issue 3 can be found at SupportSummitDD.com.

Sample Letter to Editor, Disability Service Provider

Dear Editor,

Issue 3 on the November 7 ballot is critical not only to the individuals served by the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD), it is also critical to our local economy. As a small business owner operating in Summit County, I manage a [state which service, residential, transportation, day program] serves individuals eligible for Summit DD services. In order to maintain the services currently offered to thousands of individuals across the county, I urge you to vote YES on Issue 3.

Serving individuals with developmental disabilities is my passion. Thanks to the support of Summit DD, our program has empowered individuals to live their lives to the fullest. Each year the Summit DD coordinates supports for more than 4,700 adults and children. Without the coordination and funding that this levy generates for Summit DD, none of this would be possible.

As a partner agency of the Summit DD, my business relies on funding from the Board. This funding supports the operations of our [state which service, residential, transportation, day program]. If Issue 3 fails, our ability to continue to provide these services and employ direct care professionals will be in jeopardy. We cannot allow this levy to fail.

Above all else, remember Issue 3 is NOT A NEW TAX. Since this is a renewal levy, residents will see a zero percent increase in the taxes they currently pay.

Vote for Issue 3 on November 7 to help disability service providers like myself continue to work with Summit DD to empower people of all abilities.

Sincerely, 

[Partner Agency]

Sample Letter to Editor, Parent

Dear Editor,

As a parent of a child with developmental disabilities, I have experienced firsthand the amazing work of the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD). Summit DD will have a levy on the upcoming November 7 ballot. This levy, Issue 3, is NOT a new tax and is critical to thousands of residents like myself. On behalf of those who rely on the valuable services provided directly and indirectly by Summit DD, I urge you to vote YES on Issue 3.

My son [daughter] is one of thousands of individuals in Summit County served by the Board.

Thanks to the guidance and coordination of Summit DD, I can be sure my son [daughter] is getting the services he [she] needs at the proper facilities across Summit County.

Summit DD provides critical programs that positively impact our community. If Issue 3 does not pass, it would put early intervention, recreation and Special Olympics in jeopardy, taking away opportunities for individuals just like my son [daughter].

Whether your family is directly served by the Summit DD or not, Issue 3 will positively impact our county at no additional cost. This is a renewal levy, meaning that residents will see no change on their taxes if it passes.

On November 7, I urge you to get out and vote to support Issue 3. It is critical to pass this levy in order to maintain the services that impact the lives of thousands of individuals and families, just like mine, across Summit County.

Sincerely,

[PARENT]

Sample Letter to Editor, General Public

Dear Editor,

The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) is a critical resource for our community, whether or not you or your family is directly served. Issue 3 on the November 7 ballot is NOT a new tax and will not cost voters additional money.

There are thousands of individuals who are served either directly or indirectly by Summit DD. Our county benefits from millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funding for Summit DD, and several thousand individuals with developmental disabilities and their families receive supporting services through private providers. The programs Summit DD coordinates help to ensure all citizens, regardless of ability, are included in the community.

The best thing about this levy is that our county can continue receiving these benefits without paying any additional taxes. This is a renewal levy, meaning that residents will not see any change on their taxes if it passes.

Issue 3 will allow Summit DD to continue funding services for programs such as early intervention, recreation, Special Olympics, day programs, respite and employment for more than 4,700 adults and kids. Many individuals find employment in the community, and it is wonderful to see them engaged and working in the community in various businesses.

I encourage all residents to vote for Issue 3 on November 7. It is critical for this to pass and maintain the services we provide to individuals with developmental disabilities in our community.

Sincerely,

[Your signature and city]

Sample Letter to Editor, Parent in Early Intervention

Dear Editor,

Issue 3 is on the November 7 ballot to support the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD). This is critical to our community, particularly those children under six years old who currently receive early intervention services.

If Issue 3 fails, early intervention will be eliminated for more 1,000 children under the age of six in Summit County. This will seriously harm both our community and the development of the children currently receiving these services.

Early intervention allows children with developmental disabilities to receive the additional supports they need to begin to grow and learn. Summit DD provides more than 1,000 children with these services. My own child has benefitted from this service, as it has made [him more social and better able to communicate with others or state the specific benefit].

It would be tragic for children to be born in Summit County and miss out on this invaluable service. Issue 3 is NOT a new tax and residents of Summit County will not see an increase on their taxes if it passes. It is imperative that we come together as a community to support Issue 3 for the benefit of both our community and the children who live here.

Sincerely,

[Your signature and city]

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Write a Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor (LTE) is a great way to tell your story about why the passage of Issue 3 is critical to the community.  The LTE section is one of the most widely read parts of a newspaper and can help raise awareness of the importance of Issue 3 passing in order to continue vital services to our community.   The most important aspects of an LTE are: 1) It be short, usually under 150 words; 2) it tells a personal story, in this case how Summit DD has helped you; and 3) It ends with an action, or asking people to vote yes on Issue 3.

You can submit your LTE using the submission guidelines outlined below for each media outlet.  We’ve assembled some sample LTE’s to get you started!

It’s that easy! And, it’s that essential to helping us pass this critical levy. Thank you for your support!

Akron Beacon Journal

Should bear author’s full signature, faxed letters should also contain signature.  All letters must have the author’s address and daytime telephone number.  All letters are subject to editing. Authors may have only one letter published in a 30-day time period.

Mail:  Voice of the People, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron OH 44309-0640

Email vop@thebeaconjournal.com

FAX: 330-996-3520

Leader Publications

Letters should be signed and include an address and daytime phone number.  No more than 500 words, letters are subject to editing.

Mail:  West Side Leader/South Side Leader, 3075 Smith Road, Suite 204, Akron, OH 44333.

Email: editor@akron.com

FAX:  330-665-9590

Barberton Herald

Mail:  70 Fourth Street Northwest, P.O. Box 830, Barberton, Ohio 44203

Fax: 330-753-1021

Viewsline • 234-200-6961

Email:  publisher@babertonherald.com

The Suburbanite

Mail:  500 Market Ave. S., Ste. B, Canton, OH 44702

Phone: 330-580-8300

Email:  publisher@babertonherald.com

Hudson Hub Times

Letters must include signature, address and daytime telephone number (will not be published) and be received by noon Thursday for consideration in the Sunday edition and noon Monday for the Wednesday edition.  No more than 300 words.

Mail:  1050 W. Main St., Kent, OH 44240

Email:  hudsonhubtimes@recordpub.com

Stow Sentry

Letters must include signature, address and daytime telephone number (will not be published) and be received by 9 am Wednesday for consideration in the Sunday edition.  No more than 300 words.

Mail:  1050 W. Main St., Kent, OH 44240

Email:  stowsentry@recordpub.com

Tallmadge Express

Letters must include signature, address and daytime telephone number (will not be published) and be received by 8 am Wednesday for consideration in the Sunday edition.  No more than 300 words.

Mail:  1050 W. Main St., Kent, OH 44240

Email:  Tallmadgeexpress@recordpub.com

News Leader

Letters must include signature, address and daytime telephone number (will not be published) and be received by noon Friday for consideration in the Wednesday edition.  No more than 300 words.

Mail:  1050 W. Main St., Kent, OH 44240

Email:  newsleader@recordpub.com

Twinsburg Bulletin

Letters must include signature, address and daytime telephone number (will not be published) and be received by 5 pm Friday for consideration in the Wednesday edition.  No more than 300 words.

Mail:  1050 W. Main St., Kent, OH 44240

Email:  twinsburghbulletin@recordpub.com

Cuyahoga Falls News-Press

Letters must include signature, address and daytime telephone number (will not be published) and be received by 9 am Wednesday for consideration in the Sunday edition.  No more than 300 words.

Mail:  1050 W. Main St., Kent, OH 44240

Email:  fallsnewspress@recordpub.com

Sample Letter to Editor, Parent 1

My son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and right away, we were directed to the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board. It was there that we learned about early intervention and were assigned a Summit DD case manager.  Over the years, our case manager has helped us navigate what can be a daunting world of therapies, programs and services.  Our family would have been lost without Summit DD’s support. It is the central hub of information and services for families like ours and as he grows older, will become critical to his adult service supports. These are the reasons why it is so important that Issue 3 pass on Nov 7.  The Summit DD Levy is not a new tax and will fund essential services for people with developmental disabilities from 2019 – 2024. To learn more about Issue 3, you can visit supportsummitdd.com.

[Sign your full name and address]

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