August 5, 2022
OML UPDATE AT A GLANCE
AUGUST PRIMARY CONCLUDES AMID LOW VOTER TURNOUT
The August 2 primary election for state legislative offices experienced voter turnout slightly below 8%, with most incumbent lawmakers winning. See more below.
STATE OFFICES PREPARING FOR NEXT OPERATING BUDGET
In preparation for the FY 2024-2025 state operating budget, state entities have been asked to submit just one proposed funding scenario to the Office of Budget and Management. The planning process for the previous budget had asked agencies to provide two funding scenarios – one representing a 10% reduction and another calling for resources needed to maintain the status quo – in reaction the effects of the global pandemic.
APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS FOR POLICE BODY CAMERA GRANTS
The Ohio Department of Public Safety is now taking applications for $5 million in grants to help law enforcement agencies obtain and maintain body cameras and associated equipment and services. The Ohio Body-Worn Camera Grant Program assists law enforcement agencies with costs related to cameras, video storage, public record management personnel and other expenses. Applications are due Sept. 8. More Info
OHIO COMMUNITIES LOSING OUT BECAUSE OF TAX BREAK, ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY
A new study from Policy Matters Ohio says Ohio communities lost $1 billion from taxes that would have been paid had the the state not implemented a tax break for limited-liability companies, S corporations, sole proprietorships and partnerships. See more below.
REGIONAL CONFERENCES WRAP UP
OML is wrapping up its regional conferences, with the final one taking place in Findlay today. Each one-day event throughout the summer has offered the convenience of being close to home while covering a variety of subject matter important to municipalities. Thanks to all those who attended these conferences!
OML distributed a survey to its membership earlier this week to gain input in preparation for its Annual Conference taking place Oct. 12-14. If you have not yet completed the survey, please take a moment to do so here.