The community turned out to get their voices heard during a legislative briefing in Zanesville Friday.
State Senator Troy Balderson and State Representative Brian Hill spoke to a crowd at the John McIntire Library to discuss their concerns for the region and to hear from its residents.
"I’m concerned about the education part of it. I think we have a right and a responsibility to educate our kids but we need to make sure the dollars are spent wisely and that’s the process we’re going through now and I’m concerned about the severance tax, how that’ll affect, how broad of an area that will continue to impact, the more we tax it the less we’ll get," said Rep. Brian Hill.
Balderson and Hill also listened and responded to the audience as they voiced their own concerns and encouraged their involvement in the issues.
"The concerns we were hearing today were mostly witht the budget issues, with what Governor Kasich has proposed, those are now going through the process, the budget is in the House and it’ll move to the Senate approximately about April 18th it’ll come to the Senate finance at that time the Senate will make the needed changes and assess what the house has done with the bill," said Senator Troy Balderson.
The briefing only lasted an hour but both Senator Balderson and Representative Hill held open district hours for the community to continue the discussion following the briefing.