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Local Governments Worry About Small Changes in Ohio Senate Budget

photo of Kent Scarrett
KAREN KASLER
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Local government leaders believe municipalities are taking some big hits in the latest state budget proposal. Those advocates say this could create a domino effect for cities and towns around the state.

Local governments are likely to see a loss of $150 million in funding from just the local government fund distribution and projects. The Ohio Municipal League'sKent Scarrett says there are a lot of seemingly small changes in the Senate budget bill that could result in big cuts.

"These are all sort of a storm of great uncertainty for our communities and the most challenging part of uncertainty is our financial stability. It puts the pressure on our taxpayers to make up for those differences or suffer the consequences of decreased services," Scarrett says.

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof acknowledged their budget was tight and that many groups were going to see substantial cuts.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.