Foster care crisis is one of the reasons for possible tax increase

Hancock County leaders say there are a number of reasons residents are facing a slight property tax increase later this year.

One of those reasons is the foster care crisis the county is experiencing. Hancock County has one of the highest rates of children in the Department of Human Services (DHS) custody in the state.

The answer to a lot of people’s prayers–a temporary place for children to call home when their homes have been rocked with turmoil.

“I can’t imagine anything worse than being pulled out of your home from your mom and dad. And the trauma that these children have been through. So my board’s goal was and obviously the community’s goal was that when these children enter this home they forget just for a second of why they were pulled from their parents home,” said Lisa Cowand President of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.

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