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LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners will have more money to spend in the general fund next year, as planned.

Commissioners on Wednesday accepted the official certificate of estimated resources for 2023 recently issued by the county budget commission, which listed a total of $22,573,230 for the general fund.

The general fund covers the operations of many county offices, including all courts, the sheriff, commissioners, auditor, treasurer, prosecutor, clerk of the courts, and recorder. When the tax budget was approved in July, requests from departments exceeded $23,869,566, leaving more than $1.2 million for commissioners to eliminate.

Commissioner Mike Halleck said credits will be issued over the next month or so for 2023.

County Auditor Nancy Milliken said the certified amount for the general fund for 2022 was $21,464,830 and that amount has already been hit by actual revenue. She attributed next year’s certificate increase to sales tax revenue. For this year, the 1% sales tax estimate was $10.5 million, for next year it is $11 million. The estimate for the half percent was $5,250,000 for this year, for next year it’s $6 million.

“We brought back so much more than we had estimated” she said, referring to 2022. “That’s the reason for the increase in the estimate.”

The actual sales tax figures for 2021 were $13,397,409 for the 1% and $6,700,797 for the half%. The majority of the general fund comes from sales tax, with funding also coming from casino tax (estimated at $980,000 for next year), local government funds (estimated at $1.37 million for next year), investment income, fees, licenses and fines.

When it comes to estimating the budgetary resources of the department, the tendency is to a conservative approach.

“We try to estimate low because we don’t know what’s going to happen with the economy,” she says.

In other matters, Commissioner Roy Paparodis reported the passage of House Bill 687 that provides more than $50 million in new funding for the construction and renovation of Ohio County jails. He spoke about the county’s plan to renovate the county jail and said “We’re working to see if we can get our share of that.”

The commissioners approved a contract with Orkin for a dry area agreement for $8,170 for drainage issues in the district attorney’s office building.

Recent expenditures approved for American Rescue Act funds included: $47,717 for the Harry Miller Roof for East Liverpool Community Resource Center; $50,000 for the Perry Township/County Engineer to address township paving/drainage issues; and $111,636 for the Sheriff’s Office to purchase three vehicles from Montrose Auto.

Commissioners also recently welcomed Beth Duvall of Salem as the new Deputy Registrar, appointed Paparodis to serve on the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance, reappointed David Dawson of East Liverpool for a six-year term on the Buckeye Water District Board, reappointed Sara Baer of Salem to a four-year term on the Board of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Services, gave permission to hunt on County Home Road property to John Cope, raised no objections and requested no hearing on a liquor license application for Taha KaraIn, doing business as Swift Mart in Unity Township.

Commissioners accepted the recommendations of the Leetonia Village Tax Incentives Review Board for Enterprise Zone Agreements with Leetonia Leasing LLC (Pennex) and Watershed Realty Holdings at World Trade Park.

The following hires have been approved for the County Department of Employment and Family Services at the request of Director Rachel Ketterman: Rachael Donaldson-Smith, Lisbon, Admissibility Guidance Specialist I ( ERS1); Katherine Geer, Chester, W.Va., ERS1; Rebekah Kyler, Negley, ERS1; Ryann Rouse, Colombian, ERS1; Monica Carna, Washingtonville, ERS2; Lindsay Casey, Alliance, ERS1; and Chasity Eells, Rogers, ERS2, all in the public assistance department; Herman Richard, Boardman, Social Service Worker 2 (SSW2), permanent unit of the Division of Children’s Services; and Sierra Cottrill, Lisbon, USW1 Visitor Worker in Children Services Division.

Commissioners approved the following recent contracts for the CCDJFS:

– Protect-n-Shred document destruction, shared funding, from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023, cap $2,100.

– Ohio Valley Waste Service Inc., Dump Containers for Customer Homes, Prevention, Retention and Contingency Funding or Every Student Succeeds Act, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, $20,000 cap.

— Tipton’s Lawn & Landscaping Inc., snow and ice removal at the Government Services Building, funding by commissioners, ceiling of $20,000.

– Community Action Agency Visitation Supervision Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, ESSA, IV-B Funding, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, $50,000 cap.

– Counseling Center, SAFE, TANF, ESSA and IV-B project funding, October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023, cap $50,000.

— Catholic Charities Regional Agency, Christina House Domestic Violence Program, TANF, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, $50,000 cap.

– Richard Hoppel, legal counsel for public guardians, funded by the Senior Services Levy, from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, increases the contact limit to $5,000 from $2,000.

– Housekeeper / chore / home health aide, funded by the Senior Services Levy, from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, increases the contract cap to $105,000 from $75,000.

– Columbiana County Juvenile Court, TANF, diversion from October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, cap $112,491.

– Columbiana County Developmental Disabilities Council Respite Services Coordination, TANF, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, cap $27,114.

– Columbiana County Clerk, CSEA filings, IV-D, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, cap $102,304.

— Columbiana County Court of Common Pleas, CSEA Magistrate Services, IV-D, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, cap $135,528.

– Columbiana County Juvenile Court, CSEA Magistrate Services, IV-D, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, cap $440,598.

– Columbiana County Attorney, CSEA legal services, IV-D, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, cap $267,761.

– Way Station, Pathways to Independence, TANF, from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023, cap $98,192; GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), TANF, from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023, cap $135,620.

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