• Levy Facts

    DD Services Funding Facts 

    Ohio’s system of supporting people with developmental disabilities relies on county boards of DD, each of which are funded locally. In Hamilton County, that board is known as Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS). More than 78% of funding for HCDDS is provided by a property tax levy that must be approved by voters every five years. Voters have generously supported this levy since 1974, but without their approval, funding for DD Services in Hamilton County would be dramatically reduced. Levy funding allows HCDDS to pay the matching funds required to access Medicaid Waivers, thereby securing more than $92 million in federal funding that is used to pay local providers for services. The 4.13 mill renewal levy costs the owner of a $100,000 house approximately $114 per year, the same amount they're paying now.

    Other key facts about the DD Services Levy: 

    • More than 7,800 children and adults supported every year 
    • Services are lifelong 
    • HCDDS operates two schools and one satellite classroom to support students with significant disabilities in Hamilton County 
    • The community has supported Hamilton County DD Services for more than 50 years
    • The levy funds Hamilton County’s local waiver match, which secures more than $92 million in federal funding that’s re-invested into our local economy 
    • Nearly 60% of HCDDS’ budget is used to pay for services delivered by local providers, including more than 300 agencies and 500 independent providers