Nichole Hannahs

Mayor Speaks about State Cuts

by Nichole Hannahs on March 16, 2011 at 3:04 am

A proposed budget by Governor John Kasich will leave a dent in the city budget.

The city stands to lose $345,000 in funding after Governor Kasich announced that he would cut support to local governments by $139 million in 2012 and $187 million in 2013.

"We’re not going to panic. We have a 56 million dollar budget. $340,000 is a small percentage of that. It’s still a big chunk of money, so we’ll be watching it very carefully and sharing our information with the committee set up by Council and Council itself," said Mayor Howard Zwelling.

The Mayor said they’ll keep watching the requisition of items by city departments during meetings twice a week and hopes that no furloughs or job loss will become necessary. The Governor also proposes that cities, townships and counties work together to share resources and while the city currently has joint economic development districts with townships, he fears that plan may not be feasible.

"The townships have always been under some scrutiny. They have one of the finest lobbies in the State of Ohio and the country," said Zwelling. "It might be a pipe dream of the governor but we’re willing to take a look at it."

Other proposals made in the governor’s budget is that cities looking into joining the state health care poll to reduce insurance costs. A budget must be approved by the house and senate by June 30th.