Issue 1 provides important services
By: Michael Stinziano
Originally published in The Columbus Dispatch
I want to thank the Dispatch editorial board for shining a light on Columbus’ older adults and encouraging voters to head to the polls this Tuesday to vote for Issue 1 (April 23 editorial).
The Columbus region is expected to grow by more than 500,000 people in the next 30 years, largely in the age group 65 and older. As we look around the neighborhoods we’ve grown into and the large number of young professional and workers we’ve attracted to Columbus, it is crucial we plan for our growing and aging population.
Through the Age-Friendly Columbus initiative, I have seen firsthand how our residents and neighborhoods rely on the critical services provided by the Franklin County Senior Options.
Issue 1, or the Franklin County Senior Options Levy, will continue vital services, including home-delivered meals, care, adult daycare, emergency response systems and home repair for older adults in need.
Columbus voters have the collective opportunity and responsibility to protect services for senior citizens. I urge support for Issue 1 on Tuesday.