County sees increase

By Nikki Blankenship -

Scioto County continues to see an increase in permissive sales tax dollars collected.

“We’re up from last year,” Commissioner Mike Crabtree stated in Tuesday’s meeting of the Scioto County Commissioners.

Commissioners reported that collections for the month of May were $1,087,783.03, up more than $20,000 from May 2017. Year-to-date the County has seen an increase of more than $300,000.

In other business, Commissioners approved a subsidy-based agreement for grant funding in excess of $465,700 to be paid out in eight installments to be used for general probation services.

County Engineer Darren LeBrun was present for the meeting as the County approved a bid award for Hot Mix Materials. LeBrun explained that the project will include 30 miles of paving to be completed this year. The project will take 24,000 tons of asphalt. The bid has been awarded to Allard Excavation of South Webster.

Before finalizing all items on the agenda, Commissioners passed a resolution declared as an emergency for a loan fund agreement. The funding is needed for the new sewer pump station to open in Ohio 348/104 area.

There was still no news on the medicaid managed care organization (MCO) tax elimination included in the State budget. After Gov. John Kasich’s line item veto of an amendment designed to assist counties in phasing out the tax, House and Senate planned to override the veto. The House has already voted. Now, counties across the state are waiting on the Senate.

“I talked to CCAO (County Commissioners Association of Ohio) about a week ago,” Crabtree explained.

He added that in that conversation CCAO representatives explained that the Senate would vote the first week of August, putting voting off until all members could return from vacation.

“What they’re (CCAO) expecting is something very similar to what we saw with the House,” Crabtree commented. “Still, the federal government could reject it. I’ve made the statement that the State has too much control over our funding, and they do.”

The Scioto County Commissioners meet at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on the first floor of the Scioto County Common Pleas Court, located at 602 7th Street in Portsmouth.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.