Today’s actions by the state to release a final transition payment to counties and transit authorities in the amount of $30 million that was contingent upon the fiscal health of the state at the end of its fiscal year will result in additional funds for counties and transit authorities that will help them transition in the short term from the $209 million annual loss in Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) sales tax revenue.
“The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) appreciates the efforts by the Legislature to appropriate additional dollars to the transitional funding recommended by the Administration,” said CCAO Executive Director Suzanne Dulaney. “In particular, we appreciate the leadership provided by Senate President Obhof and Senator Dolan along with Speaker Smith and Speaker Pro Tempore Schuring along with many other lawmakers.”
“We look forward to ongoing conversations on how local services are provided in the coming years with the loss of the $209 million revenue stream to counties and transits. This loss follows other cuts that counties have experienced due to tax policy changes and reductions in state revenue sharing with local governments and is compounded by the increased budgetary pressures created by the opiate epidemic.”
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