About our Millage

The Oceana County Council on Aging has received operating millage to run programs and services for older adults since 1992.  These services include transportation, in-home care (homemaking, personal and respite), adult day care services, congregate meals and socialization.  Millage funds cover over 60% of the operating costs of providing these services.  The last operating millage, which was approved in 2010 of .75 mil will end in December of 2018.  A special millage of .25 mils was passed in 2016, to expand or to build a new Center.  This millage was for two years: 2018 and 2019.

The August 2018 ballot request is for a 1 mil, six- year millage (2018 through 2023).  This is the same amount that is currently being levied with both the .75 operating millage and the .25 special millage. The renewal would allow the Council on Aging to continue running its programs, expand its services, and complete the new Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

We hear a lot of questions regarding this Millage every day. This is our attempt to answer the most common ones. If you have a different question, don't hesitate to contact us. We would love to answer your questions!

WHAT IS THE OCCOA MILLAGE FOR?
Tax dollars will be used to support services and programs provided by the Oceana County Council on Aging to seniors and caregivers throughout Oceana County. These services and programs may include: in county bus transportation, out of county transportation for medical appointments, home care services such as homemaking, personal and respite care, case coordination and support, emergency response systems, Medicare/Medicaid assistance counseling, adult day care services, various unmet needs, congregate meals, health and wellness programs, durable medical equipment loan closet, tax credit assistance, advocacy, information and referral, recreation, social and educational programs such as computer classes, fitness classes, and health clinics.
WHY AN OPERATING MILLAGE?

The operating millage provides funding for services that support the safety, dignity, independence and well-being of Oceana County residents 60 years of age and older. The last operating millage was voted on and approved by public referendum on November 2, 2010, for a 7-year period and will expire December 2018.

Millages provide the citizens of the County with the ability to select and specifically fund those services they desire, to meet local needs over and above what is available from Federal, State and Local dollars. In 73 of Michigan’s 83 counties, county-wide millage funds for senior services supplement the dwindling Federal and State dollars. The millage brings in vital dollars that help senior citizens stay in their homes. Oceana is just one of those 73 Michigan counties.

HOW MUCH IS THE MILLAGE, AND WHAT DOES THIS TAX COST THE AVERAGE TAXPAYER?

This is a 6-year millage of 1 mill. (Under the Michigan Law, 1976 Act 39; A governing body of a local unit of government may submit a millage proposition to the electorate to levy up to 1 mill for services to older citizens.)

The cost per year for this millage will be 1.00 mill per $1.00 of $1,000.00 worth of taxable property value.  A few examples would be as follows:

  • If your home has a taxable value of $25,000, the estimated tax per year on that would be $25.00, or $2.08 per month.
  • If your home has a taxable value of $50,000, the estimated tax per year on that would be $50.00, or $4.17 per month.
  • If your home has a taxable value of $75,000 the estimated tax per year on that would be $75.00 or $6.25 per month.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE MILLAGE ISN’T PASSED?

Without operating millage, the Oceana County Council on Aging would be forced to close all programs and services and would cease to exist. The needs of many frail and vulnerable older adults would go unmet, and the burden and stress on families/caregivers would increase.

WHEN IS THE ELECTION DAY FOR THE MILLAGE?

The primary election is August 7th, 2018.

WILL THE MILLAGE PAY FOR THE NEW SENIOR CENTER BUILDING?

The Oceana County Council on Aging is a non-profit entity.  The millage requested is for the OCCOA operations.  This means the money can and will be used for any type of service for Oceana County seniors, such as purchasing food and supplies, covering overhead, wages, outings, home care services, transportation and a myriad of other items; basically, any and all expenses.  This will include a short-term loan needed to complete the new Center along with promised donations, in-kind services, and future fundraising.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES FROM OCCOA?

All Oceana County residents 60 and older are eligible for services. Programs such as congregate meals, educational and recreational activities, are open to those under 60 years of age as well but may have an additional cost for participation.

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE MILLAGE IF I DON’T NEED SERVICES?

You may not currently need services, but you may have a family member, friend or neighbor who does, or will soon need services to stay at home. Programs for socialization to avoid isolation, loneliness and/or depression are beneficial regardless of age or economic status. As a society, we are living longer, and ensuring services for the future is important, as needs can change quickly.

WHAT OTHER SOURCES PROVIDE FUNDS FOR OCCOA’S SERVICES?

The Oceana County Council on Aging programs and services are funded by Federal Funds through the Older Americans Act; by State Funds-Region 14 (Senior Resources); Michigan Department of Transportation; grants from the Community Foundation, Great Lakes People’s Fund, other grant resources, private donations and fund-raising activities and senior client payments for services.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

Please tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers about the importance of the millage for OCCOA.  Share the message on social media and help raise awareness for this millage. Most importantly, please remember to vote on August 7th, 2018!