This morning, the Franklin County Commissioners released their fifth annual State of the County report. The report, which can be found at report.franklincountyohio.gov
, compiles the many ways that the lives of county residents are touched by county government every day, as well as highlighting the investments the commissioners have made in health and human services, economic development, public safety, and environmental protection.
“The State of the County is strong, and we continue to be in a solid financial position” said Board of Commissioners President Marilyn Brown. “This report provides good information on the high-quality, innovative work our 1,300 employees are doing on behalf of every resident every day, along with highlighting our investments to spur economic development, provide job training and the social safety net services that are so critical.”
The report, released each year during National County Government Month, includes updates on the county’s new corrections and forensic science centers currently under construction, efforts to combat the opiate crisis, continued economic development investments, and efforts to build a more inclusive economy to ensure all residents have the opportunity to share in our community’s success – all while operating county government in an environmentally sustainable and fiscally responsible manner.
“Our community has a lot to be proud of, we’ve had a lot of successes,” said Commissioner John O’Grady. “But not everyone is sharing in that success, so we are working hard and being intentional about building an inclusive economy, helping people meet basic needs and building and supporting our workforce.”
Also included in this year’s report is information about the ongoing work to address persistent poverty in our community and findings from the Franklin County Energy Study. Two new programs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center are featured along with details about how residents can now text to 9-1-1 in an emergency.
“This report does a great job of showcasing the great work we are doing in a wide variety of areas – from economic development, to public safety and human services,” said Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce. “It helps to show the community, with stats and data, the impact the county is making with its investments of tax dollars.”