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Commissioner Brown to Lead Board in 2015

On Monday, January 12, Commissioner Marilyn Brown was chosen to serve as Board President for the Board of Commissioners in 2015. Commissioner Brown is beginning her third, four-year term as a County Commissioner. She previously served as Board President in 2008, 2011 and 2014.

Remember to License Your Dog by January 31

If you own a dog, you are required to buy a license by January 31, and display it on your dog's collar at all times. Not only is it the law, but it's an important tool to ensure your dog is quickly returned to you should it become lost. Get your 2015 dog license today.

A one-year license is $18 for an altered dog or $35 unaltered; a three-year license is $54 if altered or $105 unaltered; a permanent license is $180 if altered or $350 unaltered. Dogs must also receive a rabies vaccination before a license can be purchased.

2015 Budget Approved

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.

Veterans Service Commission Relocates to Renovated Memorial Hall

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 Street.

Memorial Hall offers a larger space than what the VSC previously had, and will allow them to grow and meet the increasing requests for services. The move to Memorial Hall 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.

Infrastructure Works Program to Infuse Millions into Local Communities

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.

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.

Marilyn Brown President
Paula Brooks
John O'Grady