The Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities has voluntarily requested Carroll County Auditor, Lynn Fairclough and the Carroll County Commissioners to reduce the Board’s main operating levy collection for taxes paid in 2021. The Board voted on September 24, 2020 to request a reduction in the 3.6 mill main operating levy to 3.1 mill for calendar year 2021. This reduction will save taxpayers across the county and will reduce the amount collected by the Board in 2021 by approximately $300,000. This is the third time the Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities has requested and been able to temporarily reduce their levy and allow taxpayers to keep more money in their pockets. The Board voluntarily reduced this levy in calendar years 2011 and 2012.
Matt Campbell, Superintendent of the Board, said, “We have been blessed with county support and increased revenue from gas and oil and the Rover pipeline. We have remained financially stable over the last 10 years without having to ask the voters to replace or add additional millage. The Board continues to serve more people with developmental disabilities while always maintaining a balanced budget. The Boards strategic plan goal of financial accountability drives our staff to be good stewards of tax dollars.”
Campbell said, “We continue to increase the quality and quantity of available services for people in Carroll County and our carryover balance has grown. We appreciate the support of Carroll County taxpayers for our levy, and we have no desire to tax them beyond our need. This will be a year-to-year decision that is made based upon our 10-year budget forecast, service needs, and carryover balance.”