Category Archives: In the News

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ABJ: Summit DD’s Issue 17 seeks to increase funds for countywide services

April Helms  |  Akron Beacon Journal
Published Oct 13, 20223
  • Summit DD last had a revenue increase in 2007.
  • The operating levy is more than 80% of the Summit DD’s budget.

The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board is hoping that the county’s voters will give a collective thumbs up to Issue 17 in the Nov. 7 general election.

The 4.5-mill, 6-year issue, a proposed replacement tax levy, would generate about $66.1 million annually. Homeowners with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $158 a year, which will cost homeowners $3.58 more per month per $100,000 appraised value.

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Levies: Renewal. Replacement. Increase. What’s the difference?

Confused about Renewal levies vs. Replacement levies? There are so many types based on organizational needs, but we are here to help sort it all out. Read More › Issue 17 Summit County Developmental Disabilities replacement levy headed to ballot in November

Check out’s coverage of the Issue 17 Kick Off Event.

Travis, a young man who receives Summit DD services, on a swing.

Travis’ Story

“People tend to look at Travis and think he is your average child. There is nothing average about Travis! Learning to accept each child for themselves as an individual is important,” shared Travis’ mother Tonigail. Read More ›

Skip the Lines, Vote Early

In Ohio, you do not need to identify a reason to vote absentee. You can skip the lines on election day and vote early. Your two options include: absentee voting by mail and early in-person voting. Both options begin October 11th. If you need assistance with voting, this is a great option. Read More ›

Register to Vote and Support Summit DD

Your vote empowers people of ALL abilities. An essential first step is registering to vote. We’ve collected all of the handy tools and resources in one spot to make sure you can vote YES for Summit DD’s replacement levy on November 7th! Read More ›

County Council Passes Resolution Placing Summit DD on Ballot in November

Members of Summit County Council passed a unanimous resolution to proceed with submitting a six-year, 4.50 mills replacement of a tax for the benefit of Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, for the purpose of providing community programs and services to adults and children with developmental disabilities. The replacement of Summit DD’s operating levy will be on the ballot on November 7.  Read More ›

120 Young Adults Benefit From Locally Funded Jobs Program

Did you know that Summit DD’s Summer Youth Work Experience and Career Exploration Program is just one of the many initiatives funded by local tax dollars provided by Summit County residents? Because of you, 120 young adults with developmental disabilities gained valuable work experience this summer! Read More ›