MOUNT VERNON — County commissioners from Delaware and Knox counties will meet on Monday with area members of the Ohio General Assembly at Northstar Golf Club, 1150 Wilson Road, Sunbury. Those meeting will discuss the state/county partnership and its ability to deliver vital services to the citizens of Ohio during a period of increasing responsibilities and limited resources.
Critical to the partnership is the need to ensure the fiscal stability currently at risk because of the impending loss of the Medicaid Managed Care Organization sales tax received by the counties. This lost revenue must be fully and permanently replaced. In addition, commissioners will express their concerns about the impact of the opiate epidemic upon the counties and will continue to urge their legislators to support the state/county partnership on the issues of indigent defense reimbursement and purchase of new voting machines.
“It is essential that state and county governments work closely and cooperatively for the good of their mutual constituents, the people of Ohio,” said Knox County Commissioner Thom Collier in announcing the meeting.
“Counties are the primary agents of the state in administering justice and prosecuting criminals; providing health and human services to needy citizens; managing the property tax system; improving infrastructure to foster economic development; and providing myriad of other important governmental services to improve the quality of life for all Ohioans,” Collier said.
“It is vital that the partnership between the state and county governments be reaffirmed and strengthened,” stated Commissioner Teresa Bemiller. “Ohio’s county governments will be seeking a commitment from the Administration and the General Assembly to county government fiscal security as one of the centerpieces of Ohio’s SFY 2017/2018 biennial budget.”
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