Huron County feeling wrath of state budget cuts

Public libraries in this county lost $110,000 in funding in this two-year budget cycle.
Scott Seitz2
Nov 29, 2012

 

Local entities are feeling the wrath of the state budget cuts.

The Policy Matters Ohio group recently broke down how the different cuts played out in Huron County involving the state's 2012-13 budget.

According to the group, public libraries in the county lost $110,000 in funding in this two-year budget cycle, schools were down $8.8 million across the county, county operations in general lost $2.9 million, the city of Norwalk was down $332,000, while the city of Willard lost $260,000.

There were also losses to health and human service levies.

The county mental health/developmental disabilities levy lost $363,000, while the general health district lost $52,000 and the county senior services were down $48,000.

The group also pointed out the Help Me Grow program was hurt by budget cuts.

"Transportation in this rural county is important for helping families get from Point A to Point B to receive family services. Transportation, however, has been suffering due to the budget cuts and the fact that it is a rural county. The budget cuts to Help Me Grow have meant that they no longer can provide transportation to patients," said June Ginther, coordinator for Ohio Family and Children First.

Tangible personal property tax and public utility property tax reimbursements have been phased out or taken hits.

To read what local officials are saying about these cuts, read the story in Thursday's Reflector.