Defiance Commissioners Pass 2022 Special Funds | Local News

Defiance County Commissioners approved the County Special Funds Budget for 2022 at their meeting on Thursday.

The commissioners also discussed possible improvements to the property of the animal shelter on Ohio 15 with officials from the Fort Defiance Humane Society (see related article).

Special funds total $80,178,692, compared to the amount allocated for 2021 ($68,184,139), an increase of 17.6%. However, a large part of that is the county’s share of funds pledged by the American Rescue Plan Act ($7,329,674), an account that represents the county’s second-largest special fund this year.

Another fund that contributes to the big difference between the 2021 and 2022 amounts is money set aside in an account named “construction-federal engineering.” This fund represents grants received for certain road projects.

The amount increases from $608,000 in 2021 to $3,534,000 in 2022, and reflects grants received for two bridge projects (on Defiance’s Hopkins Street and on Harding Road) and money from the Public Works Board of the Ohio for roadwork, according to Defiance County Engineer Warren Schlatter.

The largest one-time special fund ($21,216,651) is for the county landfill on Canal Road and is down 1.2% from the amount allocated for 2021 ($21,483,016).

A related, but separate account (“Enterprise Funds”), totals $6,927,910, constituting the required Ohio Ohio Closure and Post-Closure Funds to be used to take care of the facility after it is closed. This figure is slightly higher than the 2021 amount ($6,744,090).

The third largest special fund is rated “roads, bridges, culverts” and totals $6,841,581, compared to the 2021 amount ($7,020,005).

These funds operate the county engineer’s office and the county highway department, relying heavily on motor vehicle registration fees and the state gasoline tax.

Also set aside for 2022 is $2,863,960 for the county’s senior services agency, a 16.6% increase from the 2021 budget of $2,456,186.

Most of the agency’s funding comes from a five-year, $1.4 million senior services tax.

Many special funds have their own sources of revenue, unlike the county general fund which relies heavily on county sales tax revenue. Commissioners approved the county’s general fund for 2022 ($15,667,263) in December.

Other major special funds for 2022, with 2021 appropriations in parentheses, include:

• Community Development Block Grant, $6,114,161 ($4,977,339).

• Internal Service Fund (county employee health insurance), $5,708,554 ($5,920,444).

• capital projects, $3,669,503 ($3,215,538).

• debt service, $2,748,887 ($2,829,159).

• ditch maintenance, $1,591,441 ($1,490,171).

• E911 Communications Center, 1,476,881 ($1,671,868).

• Sanitary Sewer District, $1,038,926 ($1,065,300).

• child support enforcement agency, $879,835 ($1,052,838).

• property assessment fund, $571,374 ($1,159,553).

• administration of certificate of title, $537,376 ($492,769).

• probation before the Court of Common Pleas, $517,921 ($455,823).

• County lodging tax, $505,213 ($473,737).

• motor vehicle/gasoline tax, $499,938 ($482,015).

• budget stabilization fund, $400,000 ($0).

• revolving loan fund, $385,203 ($309,819).

• Solid Waste District, $384,903 ($338,867).

• juvenile probation investment fund, $358,748 ($384,082).

• Housing Revolving Loan Fund, $328,137 ($203,823).

• County Planning Commission, $311,637 ($206,348).

• TCAP, $278,793 ($111,073).

• Community Control Oversight, $274,922 ($297,283).

• dog and kennel (county dog ​​sitters), $217,781 ($243,452).

• Ohio Attorney General Grants, $200,000 ($36,155).

• Recycle Ohio Market Development, $200,000 ($0).

In other cases Thursday, the commissioners:

• Received monthly update from County Maintenance Supervisor, Ron Cereghin. Recent maintenance work included helping with the contracted replacement of the county airport roof on Ohio 15 – necessitated by recent wind damage – and ensuring the operation of heating systems in the county buildings.

• Met with County Dog Warden Randy Vogel for an update. He said his office investigated 42 complaints in December as well as five dog bites, while five dogs were taken to the animal shelter and five dogs were “deemed dangerous”.

• Received an update from Defiance County Bee Inspector Jamie Walters. He told commissioners that Defiance County had 96 apiaries last year while he inspected 74. Commissioners noted the “vital role bees and apiaries play in our local economy” and reappointed Walters to the position of hive inspector for 2022.

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