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2015 Primary Election Results for Franklin County

from Board of Elections

On May 5th, 2015, the State of Ohio held a Primary Election. Unofficial and official election results are available using the links below.

Fraud Costs All of Us

from Job and Family Services

Fraud Costs All of Us Logo

May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio and the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services is spreading the word that "Fraud Costs All of Us." With support from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Franklin County JFS is encouraging the public to report suspected public assistance fraud through a public awareness campaign.

In 2014, the agency was ranked sixth in the state for collecting Food Assistance benefits that were improperly issued. The most common type of fraud cases that were investigated by Franklin County included failure to report employment and/or a household member during the application process for public assistance benefits.

Public Assistance fraud is a crime. The consequences of committing fraud may include removal from the program, repayment of improperly obtained benefits, potential criminal charges and possible jail time. Residents of Franklin County may report suspected public assistance fraud by calling Franklin County JFS at 614.233.2095 or visiting http://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/ReportFraud.

May is National Foster Care Month

from Children Services

May is National Foster Care Month. It is a time for recognizing and promoting efforts to enhance the lives of youth in foster care. This year's National Foster Care Month theme is Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care. When a child cannot remain safely at home, FCCS makes every effort to place them in the least restrictive setting with family members, other kin or in foster homes. Nationwide, there are more than 400,000 youth currently in foster care. There are more than 11,000 children in foster care in Ohio. Children Services works closely with several organizations that provide foster care services, when placement is necessary. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent should contact a foster care provider agency. Click here to learn more about foster care in Franklin County.

FCCS offers counseling, life skills training, transitional and independent living assistance to youth who are about to age out of foster care through its Emancipation Program. The community also plays an important role in supporting children in out-of-home placement. Volunteers and mentors are needed to spend time and build lasting relationships with children in out-of-home care. Click here to learn about volunteering with FCCS. FCCS also accepts donations to the Children's Fund, which provides special opportunities for children in care, as well as the Holiday Wish Program. Click here to learn more about donor opportunities.

Franklin County Property Tax Bills

from Treasurer

The Franklin County Treasurer's office will be mailing second half property tax bills the week of May 18, 2015. The deadline to pay is June 22, 2015. Tax bill information, as well as a PDF of current bills, is currently available on the Treasurer's Office website to view and print.

Franklin County Youth Summer Camp Program

from Job and Family Services

The Franklin County Youth Summer Camp Program serves youth ages 5-13 years old at 26 different camp sites located throughout Franklin County. The camps are 8- to 10-weeks long for a minimum of 30 hours a week. This year, approximately 2,290 youth will be given the opportunity to attend a summer camp.

Click the link below for a list of summer camps and enrollment information.

Primary Election Results Certified

from Board of Elections

No Recounts Necessary

The Franklin County Board of Elections certified results of the May 5 primary election this morning.

The official totals show a turnout of 57,568 voters or 9.50 percent of those eligible. The numbers include 9,061 voting absentee in person or by mail and 712 casting valid provisional ballots. No recounts will be conducted.

The certified totals confirm Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott will face Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther for Columbus mayor on the November ballot. Scott secured second place in the primary field defeating Terry Boyd by a margin near, but not within, the half percent difference required for a mandatory recount.

Candidate Brian Bainbridge waived what would have been a mandatory recount in his race for Columbus Board of Education against Jim Hunter. Hunter defeated Bainbridge by 76 votes, a margin within the state-mandated recount difference of a half percent, to become the last of eight school board candidates advancing to the general election ballot.

Today's certified totals are posted on our Web site at http://vote.franklincountyohio.gov.

The general election will be held Nov. 3. Candidates for judge will be on the ballot countywide. Cities, villages and townships will elect candidates for municipal offices and school board and decide local liquor options.

Voters must be registered by Oct. 5 to be eligible for this election.

Commissioners Release 'State of the County' Report

from Board of Commissioners

To conclude National County Government Month, the Franklin County Commissioners have released a State of the County report, a first for Franklin County, Ohio.

The 12-page, user-friendly electronic document is meant to serve as a helpful guide to residents and visitors who wish to better understand the value county government has in improving the quality of life and business.

Metro Parks 2015 GeoTrail

from Metro Parks

Search for caches in the Metro Parks 2015 GeoTrail, May 16 - August 31. Metro Parks' GeoTrail 2015 will take you on a tour of the parks while you learn about animal camouflage, mimicry and other ways wildlife hides in plain site. Visit the Metro Parks website for more information.

Children Services Connects E-News May Issue

from Children Services

The latest issue of the Franklin County Children Services Connects E-Newsletter is here. Features include:

  • Scholarships Awarded to FCCS Youth
  • Action for Children Partners with FCCS for Parenting Success
  • 2014 Report to the Community

Click here to read the May 2015 Connects E-News.

Mosquito Season Is upon Us

from Franklin County Public Health

Mosquito season is upon us. Visit the Franklin County Public Health website for complete Mosquito Program facts, updates and more.

Riverfest On Tour!

from Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the Riverfest On Tour! paddle events. Riverfest On Tour! is a celebration of water - Ohio's greatest resource. Riverfest educates the public about the vital role waterways play in the region. By interacting with waterways and offering canoe and kayak paddles on Central Ohio rivers, everyone can develop a lifelong appreciation for this resource. There are five paddles to choose from or do them all. More information and registration.

Current Construction Projects and Road Improvement Updates

from Engineer

Visit the Franklin County Engineer's Office website to find out the status of current road improvements occuring in Franklin County.

Metro Parks Nature Adventure Camps

from Metro Parks

Metro Parks' Nature Adventure Camps are designed to provide Central Ohio youth with the opportunity to discover and experience nature in an engaging, hands-on group setting. Campers will participate in fun outdoor activities, crafts and games. Metro Parks has been offering week-long day camp sessions since 1997. Programs are available for children in preschool through ninth grade.

Visit the Metro Parks website for more information about the camps and registration. Click here to see details of Adventure Camps that still have openings.

Commissioners Unveil New Job Training Program

from Board of Commissioners

On May 8, Commissioner Marilyn Brown unveiled a new 5-year, $2.5 million investment in training opportunities for Franklin County residents and businesses called People Works.

People Works includes the addition of an employer liaison service and two new flexible grant programs to facilitate the private sector employment and training of low-income Franklin County residents who currently receive public assistance, and matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual public assistance recipients with the hiring needs of local partnering businesses and organizations.

Children Services 2014 Report to the Community

from Children Services

Check out the Franklin County Children Services report to the community, "Connecting Safety, Permanency and Well-Being" to learn about FCCS's programs, activities and accomplishments during 2014.

Click here to read the FCCS 2014 Report to the Community.