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City-County Community Gardens Grant Program

Recognizing the many benefits of community gardens, the City of Columbus and Franklin County have partnered with The Columbus Foundation to support existing gardens and encourage the creation of new ones.

Grant awards will be made up to $2,000 for supplies and/or contractual services. Partial grants may be awarded including funding and in-kind product donations compliments of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

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.

Commissioner O'Grady to Lead Board in 2015

On January 11, Commissioner John O'Grady was chosen to serve as President of the Board of Commissioners for 2016.

Commissioner O'Grady is in the final year of a second, four-year term as a County Commissioner. He previously served as Board President in 2010 and 2013.

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.

TAX TIME: Free Tax Prep & Financial Resources

Don’t pay expensive fees for tax preparation or refund anticipation loans. Come to one of Tax Time's 40+ FREE tax prep sites between mid-January and April 15, even if you don’t think you owe taxes.

If your household income was up to $65,000, trained volunteers will prepare your return and file it electronically for FREE.

Call 2-1-1 for times and locations.

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.

John O'Grady President
Paula Brooks
Marilyn Brown