Columbiana County commissioners last week accepted the 2024 estimated certificate of resources, with Commissioner Mike Halleck saying they’ll need to cut about $2.6 million from department requests before approving next year’s general fund appropriations. “Anybody that wants to come in and plead their case is more than welcome,” he said, with plans to likely approve next year’s spending limits by the first part of December. Commissioners will look at past spending and make sure appropriations are in line with what’s available. “We address needs, not wants,” Halleck said. The total certificate of resources approved by the county Budget Commission was more than $65 million, which includes the more than $23 million for the general fund, plus special revenue funds, capital projects, debt service, internal services, agency and enterprise funds.
In other business, Halleck said work was beginning this week on the beautification of the parking lot where the county Board of Elections building used to stand off of Park Avenue. There will be plantings and the area will be cleaned up. Work started Monday. The county Municipal Court parking lot will be redone also in the coming weeks. Commissioners selected the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County as the administrative agency for the Lead Safe Ohio Program funded through an $897,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development. The county had applied for the funds last month and sent out a request for qualifications, receiving RFQs from two different entities, CAA and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.
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