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The CCAO Policy Team has created a comprehensive FY 2020-21 budget overview to inform counties of provisions included in the budget (HB 166) as well as other provisions impacting county government.

This year’s state budget marks a fresh new day in the state-county partnership. The recent years leading up to this budget were ones of great strain for counties. Dramatic reductions in tax revenue coupled with exploding costs left county budget stretched to their limits. Counties called on Gov. Mike DeWine and the General Assembly for much-needed relief. DeWine and state lawmakers answered the call.

Counties looked toward this budget with hope for a revitalized state-county partnership. Previous policy decisions at both the state and federal levels in recent years had slashed county tax revenues significantly. The permanent loss of Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) sales tax revenue, Local Government Fund cuts and the phase out of the Tangible Personal Property tax had left counties with a collective $351 million annual revenue loss. Tightening revenue streams led to layoffs, deferred maintenance, and limited county services.

CCAO sincerely thanks DeWine, House and Senate leadership, and the membership of the Ohio General Assembly for their support of county government in HB 166. As we have long held, a strong state-county partnership leads to stronger counties, and ultimately, a stronger Ohio.

Please feel free to contact the CCAO policy team should you have any questions about the provisions described in this document.

Click here to review the overview.