By Dena Martin
the Times 

New funding is game changer for Dayton disabilities group

Ad valorem tax funding opens doors


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Families in Dayton and Walla Walla were invited to Camp Prime Time, a camp for special needs children and children with terminal illnesses. Kids camped cabins, fish, rode in a wagon, went on boat rides and drove a boat and made S'mores by the campfire. "Volunteers cooked all our meals and cleaned up. It was wonderful and allowed families to relax and enjoy," said Columbia County Disability Group President Jeanne Walter. Here Valkan Walter enjoys driving a boat during Camp Prime Time.

COLUMBIA COUNTY-For the first time, the Columbia County Development Disability Group (CCDG) has funds available to support, educate and meet the needs of the developmentally disabled and their caregivers in Columbia County. While $3,126 in ad valorem funds may not seem like a lot, the allocation makes all the difference to a group that has previously functioned with almost no budget.

"We're so used to working with nothing that we're very frugal. And we have a very supportive community with a lot of volunteers," said CCDG Board Chair Jeanne Walter.

Walter said CCDG is a sub-group of the Wall...

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