I urge Portage County voters to support Issue 3, the renewal of a 1-mill mental health and recovery levy first passed in 1983. This is not a tax increase; renewal of it will provide treatment, education and crisis services for thousands of Portage residents.
So many heartaches that touch all of our lives are caused by mental health challenges; everyone reading this has experienced mental challenges personally, or in their family, friends, workplace, church or school. This is a community issue.
People at risk (and those who love them) need a strong network of services available to them.
Making our community better for everyone is within our reach. I ask all registered voters to join me in supporting mental wellness by voting "yes" for Issue 3 on Nov. 5.
Kathy Bake, Kent