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State releases mill levy matching funds for senior services

May 9, 2002

Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Human Services has authorized the release of $831,472 in mill levy matching funds to 50 local governments for senior citizen programs and services. Allocated by the legislature, the mill levy matching funds are based on tax valuations and amounts levied for senior programs and services.

Linda Wright, director of the state agency's Aging Services Division, said, "Mill levy funds play a critical role by helping to finance transportation services, home-delivered meals, and other services that allow older people who choose to live in their own homes to do so longer and with safety and dignity."

In 2001, mill levy and mill levy matching funds helped pay part of the cost of 369,929 home-delivered meals for homebound senior citizens and 699,071 congregate meals, which were served at local senior centers. In addition, 325,089 transportation rides, 55,761 health screenings and 18,834 units of chore services were provided to senior citizens with mill levy and matching funds.

For more information on how to access services, call the Senior Info-Line's Toll Free number at (800) 451-8693 or visit the website at www.ndseniorinfoline.com.

Contacts:

Linda Wright, Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division Director, (701) 328-8909
Gerard Hegstad, Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division Deputy Director, (701) 328-8908
Heather Steffl, Department of Human Services, Public Information Specialist, (701) 328-4933

 

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