State Representative Brian Hill is part of a committee working on State Bill 59 throughout the summer months.
"Some of the key points that I like to talk about is $2.7 billion tax cut, state income tax cut for Ohio businesses and individuals," said Rep. Hill (R). "It's the largest this state's ever seen. Other things are education enhancement. There were increases in the education budget this year for the first time in about four years. So ya know, those are good...
We're only half way through 2013 but the Muskingum County Commissioners are already planning the annual budget for next year.
They receive budget submissions from local departments each year that outline their projected revenues and expenses for 2014.
"In the county general fund most of it is your elected officials, your courts, sheriffs department is our largest single item in our budget and the other general expenses within the county," said Lavy.
Zanesville City Council passes amendments of 1999 and 2002 agreement with Mattingly foods.
Port Authority Executive Director Mike Jacoby said that the company expanded two freezers on its property which required large investments. The agreements made years ago offered tax abatements to Mattingly. The company is currently adjusting their business model after losing a major contract with Bob Evans.
"One of the things they've done is change the ownership of the real property,...
Our area's state representative said the Ohio economy is on the upswing.
Brian Hill said shale development is still in the beginning stages in Ohio, but the oil and gas industry is already boosting the economy.
"Gas and oil independence from the world would be great," said Hill. "Natural gas prices are extremely low. It's helping manufacturing here in Ohio and bringing back jobs to places like U.S. Steel. We've added over 200 jobs in northern Ohio...
A tough economy is forcing West Muskingum Local Schools to cut more than 18 positions.
Superintendent Sharon Smith says with the loss of federal stimulus funding and to assist in reducing projected deficits they are eliminated the positions beginning next school year.
Jobs cut include six paraprofessionals, four intervention specialists, two title one positions, two language arts, one assistant middle school principal, one business teaching, one third grade and one French...
Budget complications for Muskingum County aren't over yet.
Muskingum County Commissioners met with Superintendent John Hill of Starlight Programs on Thursday to discuss a cost allocation study that was recently released.
"We're just reviewing some of that information with the departments that the study has been done for and decide if there are charges that should be charged for these various other enterprises," said Commissioner Brian Hill.
"I haven't been in office for seven years, only seven weeks," said Governor Kasich who is already making changes to Ohio's budget that are leaving some residents unhappy.
"People will not stay in a community or a state where they can't maintain or improve their standard of living, people that earn a good living be that union or non-union, can support their families without public assistance," said Township Trustee Theresa Allen.
The budget for Muskingum County has been finalized for 2011.
County Commissioner Jerry Lavy said they had to make cuts based on revenue generated from last year and this year.
"We worked as diligently as we could to get it down to where we needed to be because you obviously can't spend more than what you bring in because we're mandated by law to have a balanced budget," said Lavy.
He said no lay-offs or furlough days are being implemented and department services...