Medina County Voters Approve Tax To Keep Nursing Home Open

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - Medina County voters overwhelmingly approved a five-year property tax increase to keep a 150-year-old county-run nursing home open.

The vote Tuesday was 14,810 in favor, or 63.4 percent, and 8,427 against, or 36.1 percent.

The increase would raise about $734,000 a year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $6.12 annually.

The Medina County Home serves about 50 elderly and mentally and physically disabled residents and has about 25 employees.

The home is one of about 40 remaining in Ohio. Originally known as "poor houses" when authorized by the Legislature in 1816, the homes served needy people in an era before Social Security and Medicaid.

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