Legislative Priorities

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Auditors (CAAO):

  1. HB 66 (Hoops) Tax Expenditure Review Committee – Local Property Exemptions: Require the Ohio Tax Commissioner’s biennial tax expenditure report to include information on local property tax exemptions and to require the Tax Expenditure Review Committee periodically review local tax exemptions.
  2. HB 51 (Lampton) Destroyed Property Auditor initiated: Allows a county auditor to imitate the property valuation adjustment process for destroyed and damaged property.
  3. LLC Transfers of Property Reform – (HB 449 from last session, awaiting reintroduction): Seeking to capture conveyance taxes when entities owning real estate, are sold. Our latest proposal would require that whenever more than 50% of ownership interest of an entity owning real property (directly or indirectly) is conveyed, that conveyance be reported to the county auditor and the value of the real estate be determined and taxed as part of the sale.

Clerks (OCCA)

  1. Budget amendment containing some ORC clean up language that we are currently working on.
  2. Dealing with some specific title related items that need to be addressed.

Commissioners (CCAO):

  1. No unfunded mandates
  2. Preserving current revenue sources
  3. 100% funded indigent defense (public defender)

Coroners (OSCA):

  1. Continued State Funding for the Coroner Toxicology Grant Program for overdose victims.
  2. State Budget Approval for $3.5 million for equipment and instrumentation for accredited forensic toxicology labs to increase report turnaround time in support of the autopsy.

Engineers (CEAO):

  1. Support keeping the current State of Ohio Gas Tax in place and not instituting a reduction or gas tax holiday decreasing funding to counties and local entities for transportation.
  2. Limits raised on work done by county forces (Force Account) to reflect the inflation eroding of size of projects that could be worked on since the limits were last adjusted in 2003. Eighteen years have more than doubled the costs of these transportation projects for counties, townships and village, limiting the ability to efficiently use the taxpayer’s dollars for these types of small projects.

Judges (OJC):

  1. No unfunded mandates
  2. Preserving current funding sources

Prosecutors (OPAA):

  1. A felony strangulation statute. Ohio is one of only two states that doesn’t have this and it is important in particular in the fight against domestic violence. HB 3 and SB 90 both address this.
  2. Updated hazing laws. There are two bills that address this – SB 126 and HB 205. Right now we are in of SB 126 and are seeking changes to HB 205 to have it mirror SB 126.

Recorders (ORA):

  1. HB 237 – Recorder Modernization
  2. Fee for online copies or a fee to view certain records that would be used to offset the loss of copy revenue and to help aid in the costs associated with digital storage and web access to records.

Sheriffs (BSSA):

  1. HB 101 Jail Facilities
  2. T-CAP In the State Budget
  3. MARCS fees – to maintain the current subsidy from the State of Ohio
  4. Police reform legislation

Treasurers (CTAO):

  1. SB 15 (Public Treasurer Liability) – Revises fiscal officer liability for loss of public funds to a negligence standard.
  2. SB 115 – Makes revisions to the Ohio Pooled Collateral System by 1) giving a 2-business day safe harbor to financial institutions to correct any insufficient collateral; and 2) clarifies that if a financial institution collateralizes a public deposit at less than the depository contract rate and funds are lost, the financial institution is liable for the loss of public funds and not the county treasurer.