July 22, 2022
OML UPDATE AT A GLANCE
LOCAL GOVS RECEIVE PAYMENT FROM OPIOID SETTLEMENT
Ohio local governments received their first payments on July 15 from an opioid settlement. The settlement will bring in as much as $808 million over the next 18 years, after the state sued opioid makers and drug distributors for their role in flooding the market with highly addictive opioids. See OML's previously distributed email with more info from earlier this week.
OHIO'S FISCAL YEAR ENDS WITH $5.67 BILLION SURPLUS, SOME OF WHICH WILL GO TOWARD CAPITAL PROJECTS
The state's surplus grew to $5.67 billion after having an unencumbered balance of $4 billion a year ago, although more than half of that total has already been earmarked for non-recurring expenses in FY 2023. See more below.
FEDERAL CHIPS LEGISLATION ADVANCING
The federal Chips-Plus bill is expected to to come to a final vote in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House next week. See more below.
ARPA STATE AND LOCAL RECOVERY FUNDS / STANDARD ALLOWANCE UPDATE
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced it will allow recipient governments to change their election in the next reporting period. See more below.
ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS PUT OUT REPORT RELATED TO CLIMATE AND MUNICIPALITIES
A report titled, "The Bill is Coming Due: Calculating the Financial Cost of Climate Change
to Ohio's Local Governments" was released this week saying municipalities will need to pay more as a result of climate change. Previously, the National League of Cities issued its own report, "The Next American Migration: What Cities Should Know About Climate Change and Populations on the Move." See more below.
988 NUMBER UP AND RUNNING FOR OHIOANS
Ohioans dealing with a mental health or substance abuse emergency can now dial or text 988 to get connected with a licensed counselor. The move aligns Ohio with a federal mandate requiring phone service providers to direct 988 calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. More Info
OHIO MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES ITS 2022-23 BEST HOMETOWNS
Congratulations to Athens, Bellefontaine, Kent, Perrysburg, and Versailles for being selected as great places to live, work and visit in Ohio Magazine’s annual Best Hometowns issue, which will be published Nov. 1, 2022. More Info
OHIO NO. 15 IN CNBC'S RANKING OF TOP STATES TO DO BUSINESS
CNBC recently released its "America's Top States to Do Business in 2022" ranking. Ohio fell to 15th after being ranked 10th in 2021 and 2019. Ohio also ranked 15th in 2018. See the Full Rankings
WORKSHOP FOR TOWN-GOWN COMMUNITIES TO FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATIONS
Hear how Ohio’s colleges and universities and their local host governments have worked together to improve mental health and overall community wellness at this free workshop taking place Aug. 3. Register by July 27. More Info
TASK FORCE ON VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE HOLDING REGIONAL ROUNDTABLES
The Ohio Task Force on Volunteer Fire Service is hosting regional roundtable events starting on July 27 to solicit input from the volunteer fire department community regarding issues and challenges being faced. The input will lead to recommendations to improve the sustainability of the volunteer fire service in Ohio. More Info
UPCOMING REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN FINDLAY
OML's upcoming regional conference taking place in Findlay on Aug. 5 is a great opportunity to network with other elected officials and staff members from nearby cities and villages, while also learning more about topics relevant to municipalities, including policy issues, ethics, public records, home rule, cybersecurity, and economic development. Register HERE before the July 29 deadline
ATTORNEYS BENEFIT FROM MUNICIPAL LAW INSTITUTE
The Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association held its annual summer conference – the Municipal Law Institute – this week. The conference provided the opportunity for both criminal attorneys and civil attorneys to learn more about important topics affecting their municipalities today. Thanks to all who attended and made the conference possible!
JULY BRINGS NEW PUBLIC ENTITIES POOL (PEP) RESOURCES
Through PEP's Resource eLibrary, members have access to a number of resources to assist with risk management and risk control needs including online training, policies, procedures and best practices, video streaming, and webinars. See more below.