We attended the Lake County Budget Commission meeting this morning. In attendance were the County Prosecutor, Auditor and Treasurer and various representatives from municipalities and the libraries.
So what does the Budget Commission do for the taxpayers? From the Auditor’s website we find the following:
“Budget Commission – The Auditor is the permanent Secretary of the Budget Commission which includes the County Treasurer and the Prosecutor. It is the responsibility of the Commission to annually review the tax budgets of all taxing districts within the County and to determine that all tax levies are properly authorized. In addition, the Commission allocates to local governments and libraries the monies for which they are eligible.”
If anyone thought that the Budget Commission verifies the “need” for the tax levies, you would be mistaken. In fact, there is NO ONE, nor ANY ENTITY, that will determine if there is a financial need for any tax levy. The citizens are at the mercy of the political sub-division and their board to be righteous in their conduct toward the taxpayers. (Gee, what could wrong there?) At the meeting, the Auditor read the inside and outside millage for each political sub-division, asked if there are any questions by their representative, and then all three commission members signed their name verifying that the millage was correct as state. That is it.
The libraries were well represented, and I now know why. They were given the following schedule that shows how much money each library will receive from the State of Ohio’s local support fund for fiscal year 2020. LOCAL GOVT FUND LIBRARIES
We also received this schedule detailing the 2020 local government funds to be distributed to the various municipalities in Lake County. LOCAL GOVT FUND MUNICIPALITIES
Something appears to be totally “out of whack” with this distribution, and trying to understand their formulas is very confusing. How can the City of Eastlake receive $1,076,422.69 with 18,577 residents, but Concord Township with 18,201 receive only $127,793.50. This will need additional investigation. Stay tuned….