Know facts when voting on issues
Over the last couple of years, many complaints have been lobbied from township, municipal and school leaders about cuts in state funding. One particular sore spot has been cuts to the Local Government Fund.
But statistics available at the Ohio Office of Budget Management paints a much different funding landscape. Yes, the Local Government Fund has been cut, but that one fund represents only a tiny portion of local government funding from the state.
More precisely, 85 percent of the state’s General Revenue Fund gets spent at the local level – schools, towns, colleges and other entities. The Local Government Fund is one of a dozen sources of revenue for local communities and represents only 2.5 percent of what the state passes down.
Cuts to the Local Government Fund, which many local officials claim is wreaking havoc on their budgets and creating the need for new levies, makes up only 0.7 percent of total estimated revenues collected by local governments and schools.
In fact, since 2011, revenue for local governments and schools (from all sources, not just the state) has increased by almost $2 billion, according to the Office of Budget Management.
With all this in mind, the Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board decided to compare state funding over the past two years for every Trumbull County taxing entity that is asking for new money in the November General Election. Indeed, there are some, such as Howland Schools and Newton Falls village, that have taken large hits in state funding. But others have actually seen an increase in dollars from Columbus, or have received pretty steady support.
Anybody interested in comparing any of the other taxing entities in Trumbull County can go to tribtoday.com, click on this editorial, then click on the link to the Office of Budget Management website.
For those seeking new money in November, here’s a look at state funding changes, according to the Office of Budget Management:
Brookfield Township received $261,874.85 in 2011; then $245,224.08 in 2012.
Champion Township received $223,600.57 in 2011; then $228,454.13 in 2012.
Hartford Township received $22,992.44 in 2011; then $22,260.35 in 2012.
Liberty Township received $684,163.16 in 2011; then $677,947.75 in 2012.
Newton Township received $39,940.22 in 2011; then $39,055.72 in 2012.
Newton Falls received $392,841.66 in 2011; then $266,835.62 in 2012.
Howland Local School District received $8,053,761.39 in 2011-12 and $7,561,752.59 in 2012-13.
Lordstown Local School District received $2,298,622.24 in 2011-12 and $2,238,963.53 in 2012-13.
Southington Local School District received $2,810,536.27 in 2011-12 and $2,723,006.60 in 2012-13.