- 2015 Budget Promotes Job Creation & Community Safety; Provides Health & Human Services; Plans for the Future
On December 16, 2014, at their final meeting of the year, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved the operating budget for 35 county agencies which totals $397.4 million and includes $113 million for the County Sheriff’s Office and just under $15 million for community partners whose mission it is to address housing & economic development, health services, childhood development, safety and human services which are policy priorities for the County Commissioners. The 2015 All Funds Budget is $1.4 billion.
Through its new Infrastructure Works program, Franklin County will make $3.5 million available annually for the next 4-5 years, resulting in a capital infusion of nearly $20 million into cities, villages and townships within Franklin County.
Beginning early next year, below market rate loans will be available for the construction or rehabilitation of local infrastructure projects which will result in significant economic growth, job creation and generate new private capital investment in Franklin County.
Eligible projects include transportation, energy, water and telecommunications infrastructure.
With a desire to refocus on honoring and serving the thousands of veterans who call Franklin County home, the Veterans Service Commission (VSC) accepted the Commissioners offer to relocate VSC offices to the site of the County’s first veterans memorial, Memorial Hall located at 280 E. Broad St. On February 25, Commissioners approved a contract with Harris Architects for design services associated with the relocation of VSC to Memorial Hall. The move will take place later this month.
Memorial Hall offers a larger space than what the VSC currently has, and will allow them to grow and meet the increasing requests for services. The move to Memorial Hall will also saves the VSC over $250,000 annually in rent – money that can be redirected back into services. Memorial Hall provides parking, is easily accessible and is centrally located, all items veterans who contacted the Commissioners’ offices expressed as important components to be included moving forward.
Renovation of the Hall of Justice (HOJ) building located at 369 S. High Street has been completed. The County Commissioners utilized a pay-as-you-grow approach, only building out five of the ten floors.
Over the Columbus Day holiday weekend, the Law Library and Adult Probation Department moved into their new offices in the HOJ. The renovated facility will feature a new first floor conference center, while the Adult Probation Department will occupy the fourth, fifth and sixth floors. The Law Library has returned to the tenth floor.
Videos of the County Commissioners' General Session meetings are now online. Click on the link below to watch the most recent meeting.
Your choices as a consumer impact our environment. Paint, cleaners, and insecticides, if not properly disposed of, can end up contaminating our soil and water.
When you buy these chemicals, buy only what you need. Share them with your neighbors. And never throw them in the trash or down the drain.
For information on safe disposal and drop off call 614-294-1300 or visit SWACO.org.
Board of Commissioners Agencies
- Animal Care & Control
- Benefits & Risk Management
- Child Support Enforcement
- Economic Development
- Fleet Management
- Homeland Security
& Justice Programs
- Human Resources