To the editor:
On the Nov. 5 election ballot, voters will be asked to consider a proposal to support funding of the five Historical Societies in Shelby County. These include: Anna district, Botkins, Jackson Center, Fort Loramie and the Shelby County Historical Society.
During the bicentennial year, a countywide alliance of these organizers was formed to place a tax levy of one-fourth of a mill, for a period of five years, on the upcoming election ballot. The owner of a $100,000 home would be assessed $8.75 annually, or a little more than .02 cents per day.
Approved funds would be collected beginning next year and divided among the five societies by a formula and revenue sharing agreement established by the Shelby County Commissioners. Funding would provide for operational costs incurred, continuance of and preservation of significant historical items and educational programs for both school children and adults.
It is a known fact that history builds a stronger community and populace by appreciating and understanding our past, as together we continue to preserve for tomorrow the memories of today. Please join me in supporting this worthy effort!
Roger L. Lentz
Shelby County Historical Society trustee