Commissioners approve $1,700,000

Elyria, Ohio – At each county commissioners’ meeting a variety of items are voted on. Many involve financial expenditures.  When the commissioners discuss any of the items, I report that discussion. At the 6/9/21 meeting none of the commissioners offered any input on the 19 items on the agenda. All were passed unanimously.

In four of the 19 agenda items a grand total of $1,668,136.20 was approved for four different projects.

 Following votes taken on the 19 agenda items each commissioner reported on his/her activities for the previous week.

Confederate Flag

Matt Lundy followed Michelle Hung’s report on county support of the Lorain County Fair. While he expressed his personal support for the fair in general, he took the opportunity to continue to express his never ending opposition to what he described as the fair board “marketing” of the confederate flag. In his words  the flag is “a symbol of hate and more recently insurrection”.

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Mentoring & Tutoring Continue with help of $248,000

Four organizations have applied for and the commissioners awarded them with TANF funds (the state of Ohio Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program). 

Individuals and families who apply for TANF must meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household and report as required by the state.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Job and Family Services and Horizon Education Center, and Tower Educational Consulting Group, Inc. of Lorain are sharing in a combined total of $247,881.79 for Mentoring and Tutoring low income Lorain County children for the period of July 1, 2021 thru September 30, 2021.

ECK comment:

No explanation was offered as to why four organizations would be providing  what appears to be the very same services and how those services do not overlap for the same children. It would seem likely that at a minimum there would be administrative services costs duplicated across the four organizations.

(Note: This is a report about the Lorain County Commissioners meeting on May 26, 2021.)

TIFs and CHIPs approved

Elyria, Ohio – TAX ABATEMENTS and COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS APPROPRIATED FOR ANOTHER YEAR by Lorain County Commissioners.

The Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) meets yearly (as required by law) for the purpose of reviewing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) projects and residential and commercial Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs) for the previous calendar year.

The TIRC reported to the Commissioners that eight tax abatements and 34 TIFs are in compliance and should be continued for another year.

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When in doubt, throw it out

Elyria, Ohio – In the state of Ohio communities (political subdivisions) are offered an incentive program to encourage them to increase the tonnage of recyclables they recycle on an annual basis. The county administers the program and for 2021 Lorain County can receive a maximum of $450,000 to be distributed to communities meeting the state standards. 

Many communities experience a high contamination rate reducing the amount of their reimbursement so Solid Waste Management District Director Blevin is looking into implementing a variety of programs in an attempt to reduce that contamination rate. He wants to begin by targeting multi-family dwellings in Lorain and Elyria.

A slogan they hope will stick in residents’ minds is

            ”When in doubt, throw it out.”

 meaning when in doubt about a particular item as to whether it can be recycled or not, place the item in the regular

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Tax Levy Up? Tax Levy Down

Elyria, Ohio – Five months into the new county administration new county administrator, Tom Williams, has the boldness to put tax levies on the agenda.  When the taxpayer hears tax levy, the logical assumption is “Now how do they want to spend more of MY money?” However, in this case  while Mr. Williams is asking for more money for the coroner and crime lab, at the same time he is reporting that the TB Clinic can operate on less money and is recommending a levy with a REDUCTION in funding.

Current funding for the coroner comes from the General Fund. The crime lab gets its money from the Drug Task Force and as needed some from the General Fund. The .30 mill additional tax levy would reduce the need for GF money.

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Will commissioners hold meetings in evening?

Elyria, Ohio – This is the first in what hopefully will be a continuing series of reports on the weekly Lorain County Commissioners’ meetings which are held every Wednesday morning at 9:30 in the County Administration Building 226 E. 2nd St. in Elyria Fourth Floor Conference Room. Due to the covid plandemic (not misspelled) the meetings for several months have been all virtual with no indications when they will be reopened to in person meetings. 

Until the time meetings went virtual there was a public comment time opened to any person present to bring any issue before the commissioners. With virtual meetings no accommodation has been provided to replace that public input.

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