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Commissioners Release ‘State of the County’ Report

In conjunction with National County Government month, the commissioners have released their second annual State of the County report.

The report, available at, is a compendium of the many ways that the lives of Franklin County residents are touched by county government on a regular basis, as well as of the investments the commissioners have made in public safety, economic development, and environmental protection.

ALERT Franklin County Emergency Notification System

ALERT Franklin County is a mass notification and warning system developed to quickly notify residents of weather emergencies, crime alerts, road closures and more.

You choose the community notifications and locations you want and how you want to receive them. Notifications can be received via text message, email, cell phone, home phone or work phone.

Watch General Session Online

Videos of the County Commissioners' General Session meetings are now online. Click on the link below to watch the most recent meeting.

Franklin County among only 7% of counties fully recovered from recession

From Business First: Franklin County is in rare company for having fully recovered from the Great Recession that ended nearly seven years ago, according to a report from the National Association of Counties.

Of 3,069 counties nationwide, only 214, or 7 percent, had fully recovered by last year in four areas - economic output (gross domestic product), employment, unemployment rate and home prices.

Partnership Strengthens Government Transparency, Access to Records

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners in partnership with the Franklin County Auditor are enhancing the public’s access to information through an electronic record project dubbed Citizen Transparency, which makes millions of financial records available online in a safe, secure and easily searchable system.

The new system provides any member of the public with immediate access to current information and historical data on the County’s revenues and expenditures, including payroll.

2016 Budget Lays Foundation for Growth

On December 15, the  Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the county’s 2016 budget, which adheres closely to the commissioners’ core principles of Responsive Government, Community Safety, Economic Development, Supportive Human Services, and Good Stewardship of the Environment. The budget reflects Franklin County’s recent growth and the anticipation of continued strong economic and population growth, and emphasizes fiscal responsibility as reflected by the county’s ongoing Double Triple-A bond ratings.

The commissioners oversee 14 county agencies directly, and set the budget for all other agencies and elected offices as well. The 2016 All Funds Budget, which includes expenses that are required by law, is $1.47 billion, and the General Fund Budget, over which the commissioners have more discretion, is $420.9 million, a 2.3% increase over 2015 projected expenditures, and almost 4% less than had been originally requested by the various county agencies.

John O'Grady President
Paula Brooks
Marilyn Brown