On Monday morning, the Scioto County Commissioners held their yearly organizational meeting. During the meeting, Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis was elected chairman and Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree was elected vice-chairman.
Crabtree had previously been the chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners over the past four years. When asked why he wanted to let someone else be the chairman, Crabtree said “when I first got elected, we used to rotate each year. You would have your chairman, your vice chairman and the odd man (or woman) out and you just rotate through.”
Crabtree became chairman while the county was still under fiscal emergency and remained chairman because the commissioners wanted consistency while it worked its way out of it.
Prior to Crabtree becoming chairman, the role and responsibilities would rotate between the three commissioners.
Davis said he looks forward to the responsibilities of chairman and anticipates continued corporation between the commissioners and others in county government to help move it forward.
Davis is halfway through his first term as a Scioto County Commissioner.
“I’ve learned a lot over the last two years and I appreciate the knowledge that’s been passed on to me from Mike and Doug (Coleman, former Scioto County Commissioner) when he was with us. I’ve learned a lot and am still learning a lot,” Davis said.
Davis acknowledged, as county commissioner, he is constantly learning.
“This is not a job you walk into and have all of the information in your head when you take it,” Davis said.
Davis said, as Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners, he wants to keep the county strong financially as well as move the county forward.
Davis acknowledged there will be challenges over the next year, but the commissioners will work together to solve them.
“There will be challenges, but we will work together to face those challenges and continue progress for the citizens of our county. I’m excited and we’ll do everything we can to move us into the future,” Davis said.
There are a number of issues facing the commissioners that could have a negative impact on the county.
The state of Ohio is being required by the federal government to rethink the way it has collected a portion of sales tax. The result could see a reduction of $2 million dollars in revenue for Scioto County.
The commissioners have been aware of this issue for some time and have started to be conservative in spending or commitments to future projects.
In Scioto County, the impact of this reduction is anticipated to be enacted in the latter part of 2017 and take full effect in 2018.
“The only thing we can do is hope the powers that be can come up with a solution,” Crabtree said. “In the meantime, we have to prepare ourselves in case things turn sour, we do not want to wait until the last minute assuming something is going to be done.”
Crabtree said the county should be OK through 2017, but 2018 will be a challenge.
Davis said there is also opportunity for successes in the county.
In reflecting on his time as chairman Crabtree said, “I really appreciate the confidence everyone has had in me, I’ve done the best I can and I will continue to do that. I think it’s time for me to step aside and I will still be 100 percent behind whatever Bryan and Cathy are doing. We’ll work together just like we have to keep the county solid (financially) and try to get a few things done.” Crabtree said.
Scioto County Commissioner Cathy Coleman said she was thankful Davis and Crabtree were giving her another year of experience before she gets put in a leadership role within the commissioners office.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter