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Summit County looking at Kasich budget

by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Mark Urycki
 
In The Region:
Local government officials are still trying to figure out what Governor’s proposed budget may mean to them.    But,  like the economy, it appears to be mostly good news.  WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports . 
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Governor Kasich has is embracing President Obama’s expansion of Medicaid, including the treatment of mental health care.  Much of those services have been handled by counties from local and state funds.  Now federal Medicaid money will be added to the pot. 

Kasich is also calling for broadening sales taxes to include more services but he also wants to cut the sales tax rate from 5 ½ to 5%.   But local levies may also be cut. Summit County Executive Russ Pry says additional sales taxes that counties add on, including levies for the Metro Bus service, will have to be reduced. 

In the end, the governor says counties will still see a 10% increase over what they are now getting.   Summit County Budget Director Brian Nelsen notes the Local Government Fund is also supposed to rise -  next year and the year after that.  A dozen years ago Summit took in 13 million dollars from that revenue sharing.  That’s only about 40% of what they were getting a dozen years ago.
So any talk of increased revenue sharing has Russ Pry saying  he’s cautiously optimistic 

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