Richland County

November 8, 2012
   
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Impact of the 2012-13 state budget (HB 153)

Ohio’s budget for 2012 and 2013 cut local government aid by a billion dollars. This means cuts in services we depend on, from road repair and emergency services to crossing guards, senior transportation and child protective services.  What are the implications for Richland County?

The state cut the Local Government Fund to the county, forcing Richland County to make cuts to jurisdictions within the county. The state also cut direct funding to municipalities, and slashed reimbursements for taxes it had eliminated, taxes that businesses and utilities had paid to local governments. School districts and the public library fund were also cut. Losses in calendar years 2012 and 2013, compared to 2010 and 2011, include, among others:

  • Public Library Fund………….. -$278.0 thousand
  • Schools……………………….. -$15.5 million
  • County operations…………… -$5.3 million                            (includes LGF for townships)   
  • Mansfield……………………… -$2.6 million
  • Shelby…………………………. -$437.0 thousand

Loss to health and human service levies

  • County mental health/Developmental disabilities……….. -$1.1 million
  • County Children Services………………………………….. -$288.0 thousand
  • Richland County Health District…………………………… -$277.0 thousand
  • County senior’s services…………………………………… -$16.0 thousand

Notes and Quotes

The city of Mansfield has implemented a plan to turn off 766 of the city’s 5,200 streetlights for a 24-month period. This will result in an estimated savings of $185,000. From Theaker, Timothy, “News Release,” City of Mansfield, December 15, 2011, http://tinyurl.com/8eglcvf.

Under the city of Mansfield revised recovery plan, police, fire, streets, parks, and all other public works employees did not receive pay raises in 2012. The city was selling unused government buildings, the parks department staff was cut, and the city was using speed cameras to generate revenue from fines.  The plan also included a reduction in holiday pay for city workers.  License plate fees increased, and the city implemented a paper towel reduction plan. From Theaker, Tim, “Financial Recovery Plan,” City of Mansfield, revised June 13, 2012, http://tinyurl.com/963avh9.

NOTES:  The current state budget cuts the Local Government Fund to counties, municipalities and townships by 25 percent in the first year and by 50 percent in the second year. This 77-year old state revenue sharing program has, for generations, been essential to helping Ohio communities fund schools, provide services, and lift people out of poverty.  The current state budget also phases out most of the tangible personal property tax and public utility property tax reimbursements, which were promised to local governments when the state cut taxes in recent years.  These are not the only losses to local governments because of this budget.  There are others in specific programs.  Here we detail some of the bigger shifts.  Change in revenues shown here include:

  • Local Government Fund “County Undivided Fund,” which counties share with their cities, townships and villages. We show how much less money the counties are receiving under the current 2-year state budget (for 2012 and 2013) compared to the two years under the prior state budget (which was for 2010 and 2011).   Here the funds are shown on a calendar year basis because that is how the tax department forecasts and records their distribution to local governments, and it is how local governments budget;
  • Local Government “Municipal Direct” allocation from the Local Government Fund that the state gives directly to municipalities with an income tax, and
  • Property tax reimbursements promised to local governments during tax reductions enacted earlier in the decade.  The loss of funding in calendar years 2012 and 2013 is compared to the level of funding provided in 2010 and 2011.

The figures for changes in funding levels are based on data provided by and spreadsheets online at the Ohio Department of Taxation for local government funds and tax reimbursement distributions. 

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