The State of Ohio redistributes funds to the 88 counties in the State. These distributions are known as “Local Government Funds”. Former Governor Kasich used these funds to create a surplus for the State coffers by short-changing the local governments.
The County receives the funds, and distributes the funds to the various political sub-divisions based on a formula that was developed way back in 1982. When looking at the numbers you will see that, obviously, the cities flexed their muscles, and are the major benefactors of the distributions.
The growing townships and villages, such as Concord Township, are handed the ‘crumbs’ that are left over. This must not be allowed to stand.
We wrote the following email to Concord’s Administrator, Andy Rose, and plan to pursue this issue with the Trustees and the County Commissioner candidates running for office in November. We will see who has a spine to take on this issue!
a 501 (c) (4) Non-Profit
Thank you for your email. We are familiar with the 1982 formula and how local government funds (LGF) are distributed within Lake County. Certainly we would like to receive additional funds. The ability to do so will require coordination with all the local governments to establish a new formula and criteria for allocating funds.
While we are unsure if a new formula will be considered by all local governments, we will start our discussion regarding this matter with Lake County Officials first. This will likely take place during the summer when the current COVID-19 situation has passed and we are back to some normalcy.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.