Gov. Kasich last week signed OSCPA -supported legislation aimed at increasing efficiency for local government. The law is effective immediately.
The Local Government Innovation Program establishes a fund offering loans and grants for local government innovation projects aimed at fostering collaborations and service sharing or even merging.
The fund will be maintained in a revolving fashion with repayments re-deposited for new projects. It removes an application review by local integrating committees, clearing up school district concerns about those districts that don’t have a relationship with or representation on local integrating committees. It also prohibits identifying specific areas of the state or areas of service as having preference for program funding.
Chair of the Finance and Appropriations Committee Ron Amstutz, R- Wooster, co-sponsored the bill along with Rep. W. Carlton Weddington, D-Columbus.
Efficiency and streamlining government services was one of the recommendations OSCPA made in its Ohio Budget Advisory Task Force Report.