September 30, 2022
UPDATE AT A GLANCE
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR OML ANNUAL CONFERENCE
OML's Annual Conference will take place Oct. 12-14 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, and this Wednesday, Oct. 5, is the final day to register. Whether you're most looking forward to the Ohio Statehouse tour, legislative updates, networking with colleagues, the variety of session topics, or being entertained by our comedian/magician, please ensure you are registered before the deadline. More Info
OML IDENTIFIES STATE OPERATING BUDGET PRIORITIES
As preparations are underway for the FY24-25 state operating budget, OML provided its budget priorities to Gov. Mike DeWine, as well as to the leaders of the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives. OML'S priorities include such items as the restoration of the Local Government Fund, assistance for public safety forces, infrastructure and development. See more below.
NEW COURT RULING ON MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX CASE
On Monday, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge ruled in the case of Morsy v. Dumas that Cleveland must refund city income taxes to Manal Morsy, who lives out of state and was no longer commuting to her work in Cleveland during the pandemic. This is one of five cases brought by the Buckeye Institute to challenge the municipal income tax system in Ohio related to the pandemic. Schaad v. Alder, another case, is expected to be heard by the Ohio Supreme Court next year.
PENALTIES FOR SWATTING COULD BE INCREASED
Last week, threats of an active shooter were reported at schools in several OML-member communities for the purposes of "swatting," when someone makes a hoax call to law enforcement to purposefully cause a heavy police or SWAT team response. This misuse of public safety forces costs taxpayers money and diverts critical response times to actual emergencies. The incidents are being investigated, and OML wants the Legislature to look more closely at this issue.
The calls are currently prosecuted as misdemeanors under inducing panic or making a false alarm, but the following legislation, introduced earlier during the current General Assembly session, would make it a third-degree felony that could be elevated to a first-degree felony if someone were injured due to the false report:
Our thanks go to Rep. Miller and Sen. Brenner for their leadership on this issue.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE
$20 million in grant funding is now available as part the new Community Violence Prevention Grant Program, which is aimed at supporting community-based nonprofits, law enforcement agencies, and state and local government entities that have implemented or would like to implement collaborative approaches toward reducing community violence. Applications are due Nov. 1, and a webinar will take place Oct. 6. More Info
ROUND TWO OF FIRST RESPONDER WELLNESS GRANTS AWARDED
Twenty local first responder agencies will receive a total of $7.7 million to help them boost their staffing levels to ensure thorough coverage for emergency response through the Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience Program. Municipalities receiving funding include the Bethesda Fire Department, Brook Park Police & Fire Departments, Highlight Heights Fire Department, Kirtland Fire Department, Lakemore Police Department, Marion Police Department, North Hampton Police Department, and Port Clinton Fire & Rescue. More Info
H2OHIO GRANTS FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ANNOUNCED
$2.5 million in H2Ohio grants will go to four local communities to help improve drinking water quality and to repair or replace aging water and wastewater infrastructure. Recipients include the City of Bucyrus, Village of Nevada, Maysville Regional Water District, and Ohio & Lee Water and Sewer Authority. More Info
AMERICORPS SEEKS COMMUNITY PROPOSALS
The AmeriCorps NCCC North Central Region provides teams of young adults to help communities meet critical needs for 6-8 weeks at a time. Past project partnerships with municipalities have included tree and housing stock inventories, disaster preparedness, addressing blight, and building/repairing parks and trails. If your community is interested in such a partnership, check out the RFP and contact Alana Svensen at (202) 409-6797 for more information.
TIPS FOR PUBLIC EMPOYERS TO REDUCE BWC CLAIMS
OML is providing its members with information from Sedgwick on having a safer workplace to reduce BWC claims. This month's articles discusses a tool for controlling hazards in order to reduce the frequency and severity of injuries. Read Article