The Muskingum County Commissioners say they will continue to financially support the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority, even after the city of Zanesville is considering cutting its Port Authority funding from $100,000 to $50,000.
Commissioner John Bates says the county currently gives $100,000 to the Port Authority, plus $20,000 for the job incubator.
"The county is actually going to support the Port Authority. We are actually in a stage out there the industrial park, we do not want to cut the funding to that, in fact we might have to chip in a little bit more," says Commissioner Bates.
Commissioner Bates says the Port Authority has done a good job in the past and he does not want to cut a source of income for the area during a recession.
"I have always said that if you have one plant move in there, more will follow, and that is what we are banking on and that is why we need to support it and keep moving forward," says Commissioner Bates.
Jerry Nolder the Executive Director of the Port Authority says he is very pleased with the continued support from the commissioners. He says their support has been unwavering for the past 20 years and he is pleased they recognize all the hard work being done by the Port Authority.