Some area families who receive help from the government will soon see their funds cut off, due to the state’s budget and the overall economy. On June 9th 2003, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services implemented cost containment measures to help reduce the spending in childcare. It’s because of this that some area residents are paying the price. The new guidelines have lowered eligibility for childcare assistance from 185-percent to 150-percent of the federal poverty level. Job and Family Services in Muskingum County, currently serves 678 families. Of those, 22 will be losing their child care assistance.