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2017 Recommended Budget Prepares Our Community for Future Growth

County Administrator Kenneth N. Wilson’s 2017 Recommended Budget was made public on Monday, November 28. Wilson said that this year’s county budget is all about preparing for the future in a responsible way, and about setting the table for rapid growth in Central Ohio.

2017 Budget Hearings begin on Tuesday, November 29 at 10am with Administrator Wilson’s Recommended Budget Overview. Subsequent hearings will be held Tuesday at 1pm and Thursday, December 1 from 10am to 1pm.

Commissioners Adopt Local Food Action Plan

In 2014, Franklin County Commissioner John O'Grady and Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson initiated the creation of a Local Food Action Plan to guide policy and program development aimed at strengthening local food systems and enhancing coordination of these efforts among public, private and nonprofit community stakeholders.

The project team has completed a multi-year planning process inclusive of community stakeholder surveys, best practices research, neighborhood food planning meetings, and a working committee comprised of 24 community partners with expertise in varying sectors of the local food system.

The project team has developed 27 key recommendations to help the county, city, and other partners achieve the objectives set forth in this planning process to: enhance coordination and communication among existing food resources and agencies; improve access to and education about healthy, affordable and local food; increase the role of food in economic development; and prevent food-related waste.

The Local Food Action Plan has been adopted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Columbus City Council.

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.

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.

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.

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.

John O'Grady President
Paula Brooks
Marilyn Brown