WHAT:  The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) will host a press conference to discuss the need for a stronger partnership between state and county government. They will announce the release of “Stronger Counties. Stronger Partnership. Stronger Ohio.,” a briefing guide detailing county funding needs and other issues that need to be addressed in future state budgets and legislation.

The CCAO board on Friday met with both major gubernatorial candidates (Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine) and their respective lieutenant governor candidates (Betty Sutton and Jon Husted) to brief them on issues confronting counties and how to work together for a bright Ohio future.

WHY:  State polices enacted over the last decade have placed counties in the difficult position of balancing revenue loss with escalating costs. The loss of the Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) sales tax, severe reductions in the Local Government Fund (LGF) and the phase out of the tangible personal property tax (TPP) has eliminated approximately $351 million per year in county revenue statewide. CCAO will emphasize the need for collaboration and cooperation between the state and county.

WHO:  Speakers will include
Daniel Troy, CCAO President and Lake County Commissioner
Julie Ehemann, CCAO 1st Vice President and Shelby County Commissioner
Suzanne Dulaney, CCAO Executive Director

WHEN: Monday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: State Room (Room 108) at the Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio advances effective county government for Ohio through legislative advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and research, quality enterprise service programs, and greater citizen awareness and understanding of county government.