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To the Editor:
In a few weeks, the citizens of Carroll County will be voting on some state and local issues and candidates. Also on the list is a replacement levy for the maintenance and support of the Carroll County Home. This is an institution that has existed in this county in one form or another since 1839. The home and farm was settled on its current site in 1867 and totaled 365 acres. Although the buildings have changed and the farm is now leased, it still maintains its original purpose to be of service for the residents of Carroll County. We are in such a fast paced world now that we sometimes overlook what’s around us until we need it.

We need your support now to continue to provide the services you may be using now or in the future. On a daily basis, I hear from community members and from the residents themselves what a wonderful place we have and about the kind and hard working employees. This gladdens my heart and makes all our hard work worthwhile.

The facility is financed through fees paid by residents, donations and a 1.4 mill operating levy. Fees are on a sliding scale for Carroll County based on ability to pay.

We do not receive funds from Medicare or Medicaid as the building does not meet their specifications. We do not receive funds directly from the general fund, but we can benefit from grant money because we are a 501C3 non-profit organization. We do not attach a lien on all your assets when you are admitted. We bill on a monthly basis.

We are very fortunate to have a 50-bed facility as an affordable option to serve the elderly and fragile population of Carroll County and to give personalized and loving care to our families, neighbors and friends.

You can help us continue the tradition by voting for the Carroll Golden Age (Carroll County Home) replacement levy.

Ollie Hawkins
Superintendent
Carroll Golden Age Retreat

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