Addressing the need for strong mental health services at the State Line, the Winnebago County Board committee funded key measures for meeting people in need to discuss a potential referendum. that would fund key initiatives for those in need.
‘‘So, we have encountered a situation that is really, is cost of living.”
The Winnebago County Finance Committee approves the first phase of a referendum that ends on the first ballot in March, adding a half a cent sales tax to fund mental health services in the Rockford region.
When you start talking about a quarter to half-cent a sales tax, you are talking about millions of dollars, This is a serious debate, This is a very important issue. Very few people will ask if they need mental services and the subsequent funding that follow that, ”said Winnebago County Chairperson Frank Haney.
As a member of the Behavioral Health Committee, Paul Logli says the loss of Singer Mental Facility more than seven years ago, the close to $12 million it could potentially bring in would transform what already exists.
”We certainly want to change the services that will be lost to the people of Winnebago County and there are people with mental health problems who are being removed because there are not enough beds or personnel to deal with them,” said Logli
This new referendum comes six years later with a sunset clause to ensure the work is heading in the correct direction.
The referendum now moves to the county board for a full vote on December 19th.