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Oregon city officials work to distribute tax funds to improve senior services

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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The city of Oregon is working to figure out what to do with funds concerning senior services in the city.

In November, Oregon voters enacted a new half mill property tax to improve senior services. This new tax will generate approximately $230,000 per year over the next 5 years.

"As we look at it, we are trying to figure out how does the city spend this money the right way every year," said Michael Beazley.

According to city administrator Beazley, there are approximately 3,500 residents over the age of 65 in the city. 100 of them use the Oregon Senior Center. 400-500 use the YMCA, and the rest don't use the services at all.

Beazley says one of the biggest concerns is where the money will go. They are looking to see if it goes towards the YMCA, the current senior center, or building a brand new facility.

"We recognize that it can't be one size fits all. In some ways we want to have senior services without walls and recognize that some people might need a little transportation help or a little daily living help," said Beazley.

Beazley says a committee met Monday night to discuss the future of the services. They are planning to schedule some public hearings in late July, and have a final decision by the fall.

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