In 1987 the voters of Medina County approved the Anti-Drug Levy to fund "Anti-Drug Enforcement and Related Education and Treatment Services." The Anti-Drug Levy is a five year property tax levy last approved in November 2015. For $11.00 a year on a $100,000 property valuation Medina County is a safer and healthier place to live.
For the fiscal year of 2016-2017 a total of $1,580,795 was spent to fund 18 programs focusing on drug prevention, drug enforcement and drug treatment.
A few of the programs funded by the Anti-Drug Levy are the Medina County Drug Task Force, Drug Prevention Specialists in all the Medina County School Districts and Cathy’s House.
The Medina County Drug Task Force is funded to investigate and arrest those persons involved in any type or amount of drug trafficking, drug cultivation or drug manufacturing and to dismantle identified drug networks.
Drug Prevention Specialists work closely with administration and teachers in all the Medina County School Districts to present up-to-date information to students on the harmfulness of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to the brain and the body. Drug Prevention Specialists help students make good and healthy decisions.
Cathy's House is a sober residence consisting of two residences; one for men and one for women. Cathy's House serves adults 18 years and older, who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction and need help and support to begin living a drug-free life.
FOR ALL THE ANTI-DRUG LEVY FUNDED PROGRAMS GO TO: ENFORCEMENT, PREVENTION OR TREATMENT.
The Citizens Committee on Drug Enforcement was convened on May 1, 1986 by Medina County Commissioner Ralph A. Berry, Jr. at the suggestion of Sheriff L. John Ribar. Their charge was to determine whether a serious drug problem exists in Medina County and whether locally funded drug enforcement is needed on a county-wide basis. Secondly, the Committee was to recommend the most effective and efficient agency or method for providing drug enforcement in Medina County.
The Committee recommended that The Medina County Commissioners establish the Medina County Drug Abuse Commission (MCDAC). The purpose of MCDAC would be to establish guidelines for the distribution of funds relating to combating drug abuse/use in Medina County. The Committee made the important point that in order to be effective the cause of drug abuse/use must be treated as well as the effect and that in order to do this all three areas enforcement, education and treatment must be represented and have an opportunity to utilize funds available.