On Friday a bill was introduced by State Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) and Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) to reinstate the Local Government Fund back to the 2005 funding levels.
The Local Government Fund in each city, township, village, and county pay for various ranges of service from, fire and ambulances, public health clinics, parks and recreation, and police.
“The purpose of this legislation is simple,” said Cera. “Our local communities are struggling to make ends meet and provide basic vital services. We can alleviate their financial burden by reinstating cuts to the LGF. The safety of out citizens is at risk and I believe enough is enough.”
According to Cera, the cuts that were made in 2011 to close the state budget deficit were done to the detriment of local communities, which lead to some of them cutting essential services, such as trim fire and police budgets and slash local school funding.
“State cuts, coupled with tax breaks from the wealthy and big corporations, have created significant funding shortages at the local level, forcing many Ohio communities to tighten their belts to the point where they can’t adequately support many essential services like public safety, schools and road maintenance,” said Cera.
The increases for the LGF would start in July 2018 and then continue in each fiscal year thereafter.