Deepening cuts intensify damage to Ohio communities: Report documents statewide impact by county
Posted November 13, 2012 in Press ReleasesFor immediate release
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Cuts in state support to counties, cities, villages, townships and special districts have deepened across Ohio, resulting in slashed services, closed facilities and layoffs, according to a new report by Policy Matters Ohio.
The in-depth analysis provides county-level data on cuts and descriptions, from local sources, of the damage done.
“Private wealth is built on a foundation of well-maintained highways, good schools and other basic services, things we often take for granted,” said report author Wendy Patton, state fiscal director for Policy Matters. “The more we cut, the more our wealth erodes.”
The 2012-13 state budget, passed by the Ohio legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich in July 2011, immediately cut Local Government Funds by 25 percent; those cuts deepened to 50 percent in July 2012, and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars more looms as the estate tax, levied on the wealthiest 8 percent of Ohioans, is set to be eliminated next year.
The biggest cuts in state aid to local government have come from:
- The Local Government Fund (LGF), a revenue-sharing program dating back to 1934 that provides general operating funds for communities;
- Reimbursements that compensated for local property taxes eliminated during the past decade.
The cuts total just over $1 billion for calendar years 2012 and 2013, a nearly 50 percent reduction from 2010 and 2011. All local entities