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2022

Nov 14 2022

COMMISSIONERS BEGIN 2023 BUDGET HEARINGS

The Franklin County Commissioners opened their annual budget hearings this afternoon with a presentation from County Administrator Kenneth N. Wilson, in which Wilson laid out his proposal for a more-than $2 billion county budget for 2023.  The commissioners will host three days of hearings in which various county agencies will highlight their accomplishments from 2022 and present their budget proposals for the year ahead.  The commissioners set the budget for all 35 county agencies, even those that report to other elected county officials, and will vote to approve the final budget in December.

Nov 11 2022

COMMISSIONERS' STATEMENT ON VETERANS DAY

The Franklin County Commissioners honor and thank the more than 20 million living veterans of America’s armed forces and the many thousands who call our community home.  Their service and sacrifice, and that of their families, has preserved our nation of high ideals and helped America to project a beacon of freedom around the world.
 
All county offices are closed today in observance of the holiday.
 

Oct 31 2022

COMMISSIONERS CONTINUE HISTORIC INVESTMENTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Last week, the Franklin County Commissioners continued their ongoing investment in public health initiatives for their residents by providing a more-than $1.7 million grant to Franklin County Public Health (FCPH).  The grant will support FCPH’s Community Health Improvement Plan, which is a collective impact strategy to identify core health priority areas that impact the health and wellbeing of Franklin County residents and to develop plans to address those community-wide.  In addition, the funding will provide for training for FCPH staff, strategic planning, upgraded data and technology infrastructure, and additional resources to bring the agency’s services into the community to meet residents where they are.
 

Oct 25 2022

FRANKLIN COUNTY CONTINUES TO BENEFIT FROM HIGHEST POSSIBLE BOND RATING

For almost 30 years, Franklin County residents have benefited from their county government’s double Triple-A bond ratings from the ratings firms Moody’s Investors Service and Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings, making it just one of 2% of the nation’s 3,069 counties to enjoy this highest-possible rating.  Last week, Moody’s updated its credit analysis of Franklin County, retaining the Aaa rating and noting the county’s “strong financial management and resilient revenue base.”
 

Sep 13 2022

COMMISSIONERS GRANT $5 MILLION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Franklin County Commissioners this morning voted to approve a $5 million grant to the Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and Franklin County, which is an independent non-profit lender that works to develop affordable housing in Central Ohio.  More than 30,000 evictions have been filed in Franklin County since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a quarter of Ohio renters lack confidence in their ongoing ability to pay their rent.
 

Sep 13 2022

SUPPORTING THE SERVICE INDUSTRY WORKERS WHO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY

This morning, the Franklin County Commissioners approved a $50,000 grant to Service! to fund relief and services for low-income hospitality workers in Central Ohio who continue to suffer the effects of the ongoing pandemic economy.  Service! was founded in 2020 to assist the many restaurant and hospitality workers that we all rely on, but who suddenly found themselves without work as the COVID-19 pandemic crested.  Service! began with boxed meals, and the moved on to directly raising money for low-income service workers in need.  This grant will allow Service! to widen its focus beyond direct assistance and to expand into programs that will help workers secure well-paid jobs for the future and ensure sustainability and equity in the workplace.
 

Sep 08 2022

FRANKLIN COUNTY TEAM CONTINUES IN NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Each of the Franklin County Commissioners and several of their top staff are again in leadership positions this year with the National Association of Counties (NACo).  The organization represents nearly 40,000 elected officials serving in the more-than 3,000 American counties, helping share best practices among communities from across the nation and representing the interests of counties in Washington D.C.  As usual, Franklin County has more staff and commissioners among NACo leadership than any other county in Ohio.
 

Sep 07 2022

COUNTY APPROVES GRANT FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE TO AID IN EXPANSION, CREATING ROOM FOR AN ADDITIONAL 2,000 FAMILIES

The Franklin County Commissioners unanimously approved a $1 million grant for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, allowing the nonprofit to help more families in their greatest hour of need and move the charity closer to meet their funding needs for completion of the world's largest Ronald McDonald House here in Columbus. 

Sep 06 2022

COMMISSIONERS HEADING TO WASHINGTON TO STRENGTHEN FEDERAL PARTNERSHIPS

All three Franklin County Commissioners will be in Washington D.C. tomorrow to meet with administration officials at the White House as part of an event to discuss local/federal partnerships, highlight the local impact of recently passed federal legislation, and share about how the administration can work even more closely with city and county officials in the future.  The event, Communities in Action: Building a Better Ohio, will be live-streamed at WhiteHouse.gov/Live, and media and the public are encouraged to watch.
 

Sep 06 2022

COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCE A NEW CENTER TO PROVIDE HELP TO FRANKLINTON RESIDENTS AND REDUCE OVERDOSES

A center which aims to reduce overdose deaths through an innovative, multidisciplinary approach and also targets known residents’ needs in the Franklinton community opens today, thanks to efforts by the Franklin County commissioners.



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