With budgets tight for everyone some local groups are looking for assistance from Muskingum County to help finance their projects.
Among them, the new Ohio University-Zanesville Rec Center. Commissioner Jerry Lavy says the Rec Center board has asked the commissioners to help finance around five million dollars for the new facility. Lavy says that is just not a viable move for the county, especially when money is tight.
"We have to look at the obligation if we guarantee something, we have to set x amount of dollars off to the side, currently the general fund cannot support that because we obviously don’t have that kind of money to set off to the side," said Lavy.
Also looking for assistance from the commissioners Thursday were board members from Muskingum County Center for Seniors . They’re looking to build a new facility which wouldn’t require money from the county, but instead a levy on next year’s ballot.
"We asked them to give us some more additional time so we can do some more thought process on this project to see because not only in addition to the building levy, but also their operational levy is up next year as well," said Lavy.
The Muskingum County Community Foundation would provide the land for the new Senior Center which is just north of the Ohio University-Zanesville student parking lot.