Commissioners to attend CCAO meeting regarding state budget

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MARIETTA — The Meigs County Commissioners will be among those attending a meeting on Monday in Marietta hosted by the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) with regard to the state budget.

The meetings is taking place one week before the commissioners will host their own regional meeting in Pomeroy.

County commissioners will meet with area members of the Ohio General Assembly to 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 that is currently at risk because of the impending loss of Medicaid Managed Care Organization sales tax received by the counties. This lost revenue must be fully and and permanently replaced. In addition, commissioners will express their concerns about the impact of the opiate epidemic upon the counties and 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 together closely and cooperatively for the good of their mutual constituents, the people of Ohio,” said Commissioner Randy Smith in announcing the upcoming regional meeting.

Smith said, “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 a myriad of other important governmental services to improve the quality of life for all Ohioans.”

“It is vital that the partnership between the state and county government be reaffirmed and strengthened,” stated Smith. “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.”

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio advances effective county government for Ohio through legislative advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and research, quality enterprise service programs, and greater citizen awareness and understanding of county government.

Submitted by the CCAO.

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