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Commissioner O'Grady to Lead Board in 2017

On January 9, Commissioner John O'Grady was chosen to serve as President of the Board of Commissioners for 2017.

Commissioner O'Grady is in the first year of a third, four-year term as a County Commissioner. He previously served as Board President in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

2017 Budget Prepares Our Community for Future Growth

At the commissioners’ last meeting of the year, the commissioners approved the 2017 county budget. The $439 million General Fund and $1.5 billion All Funds Budgets are built on a foundation that is both responsible and balanced while keeping an eye on the future. According to insight2050 data, the region is expected to add more than 500,000 residents in the next 30 years.

The 2017 budget positions the county to be prepared for that growth by making strategic investments in public safety and economic development, while also addressing challenges such as poverty and a changing economy, and safeguarding the public’s tax dollars.

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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.

John O'Grady President
Marilyn Brown
Kevin L. Boyce