Taylor Places Scioto County in Fiscal Emergency

Filed under: Scioto County — tkm August 19, 2009 @ 10:0 am

August 19th, 2009 – PRESS RELEASE

Taylor Places Scioto County in Fiscal Emergency

Scioto County – Auditor of State Mary Taylor today announced a fiscal emergency in Scioto County. Her determination was made following the results of a fiscal analysis conducted by the Auditor of State that revealed a combined county fund deficit of more than $3.5 million as of June 30, 2009. The deficit is anticipated to increase unless county officials develop and implement a successful financial recovery plan.

“This is very serious. Ultimately it means that, based on current conditions, Scioto County may not be able to pay its bills,” Taylor said. “We have been communicating with county officials for nearly two years hoping to avoid this declaration today, but as economic conditions worsen and tough choices avoided, this declaration of fiscal emergency is the first step to restoring fiscal stability in Scioto County.”

Scioto County is the first county in Ohio’s history to receive a fiscal emergency designation, but its financial troubles are not new. The county first began experiencing a general fund deficit in 2006. Since that time, three additional funds have gone into the red. As of June 30, 2009, Scioto County had fund deficits totaling $3,528,482.

The fiscal emergency declaration will result in the appointments of a seven-member state commission to help Scioto County regain financial stability. The commission will be responsible for approving the county’s financial recovery plan that identifies solutions for eliminating deficits outlined in the Auditor of State’s fiscal analysis. The plan should also balance the budget and present strategies to avoid future deficits. The plan must be approved by the county and submitted to the commission within 120 days of the commission’s first meeting.

Taylor says her office will assist Scioto County officials as they work through their plan for financial recovery. The Auditor of State’s Local Government Services section will also help county officials identify solutions to restore the county’s financial well-being and improve accountability to local taxpayers.

A copy of the full fiscal analysis is available online at www.auditor.state.oh.us or read the pdf @ Scioto County, Ohio
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State auditor: Scioto County is in financial trouble
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 9:22 AM
By Randy Ludlow
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Scioto County is beyond broke.

In the first declaration of its kind for an Ohio county, Auditor Mary Taylor announced this morning that her office had placed Scioto County in fiscal emergency.

The county’s combined fund deficit stood at $3.5 million on June 30 and may continue to tick upward unless county officials rein in spending, she said.

“This is very serious. Ultimately it means that, based on current conditions, Scioto County may not be able to pay its bills,” Taylor said in a statement.

“We have been communicating with county officials for nearly two years hoping to avoid this declaration today, but as economic conditions worsen and tough choices avoided, this declaration of fiscal emergency is the first step to restoring fiscal stability in Scioto County.”

The Ohio River county’s fiscal woes can be traced to 2006, when the county ran a general-fund deficit. Since then, three more funds also developed red ink.

The fiscal emergency declaration will result in the appointment of a seven-member state commission to help nurse the county back to financial health.

The commission will quickly develop a financial bailout plan in cooperation with the county commissioners.

Commissioner Thomas Reiser said this morning that the county had cut spending by about $1 million annually while reducing staff and employees’ work hours, but that it “obviously was not enough.”
“We thought 2009 was the year that we were going to make a comeback. When the economy fell flat, that reduced our revenue by close to a million dollars, and it just put us back in the situation we were in,” he said.

Reiser attributed part of the county’s problems to an influx of criminals and a new jail that proved expensive to build, operate and staff. The county juvenile detention center also has been expensive to operate.

About $2.8 million of the county’s deficit comes from the general fund, the county’s main source of spending, while the juvenile jail is running a $754,124 deficit.

Cities and villages have been placed in fiscal emergency, with the current roster numbering 17, but Scioto is the first county to make the list.

Counties, municipalities and school districts have been struggling to provide services and pay their bills amid a lingering recession that has depressed tax revenues amid layoffs, home foreclosures and curtailed consumer spending.

While other counties are confronting financial problems, none appears close to joining Scioto in fiscal emergency, Taylor said.

rludlow@dispatch.com
Dispatch reporter Tom Knox contributed to this story.

Some Try

Filed under: City Business,Uncategorized — tkm August 18, 2009 @ 12:0 pm

During the August 10th, 2009 “Regular” City Council Meeting I tried to give the 4 council members (Mike Mearan, 1st Ward; David Malone, 2nd Ward; Gerald Albrecht, 4th Ward and John Haas, 5th Ward) the benefit of the doubt that they just don’t come to meetings prepared, but Trent Williams, the City Auditor just laid it out on the table these four council members just don’t comprehend, especially Albrecht. The only 2 councilmen that come to meetings prepared, comprehend the issues of the City, and try to do what is best for the citizens of the City are 3rd Ward Bob Mollette and 6th Ward Rich Noel.

CLICK:  8-10-09 Trent Williams

Portsmouth City Council Meetings

Filed under: City Business,Uncategorized — tkm @ 0:0 am

Portsmouth City Council Meetings

Time Warner, Channel 24Saturday’s @ 12:00 pm & Sunday’s @ 1:00 pm

If you miss these showings  you can watch Present and Past City Council Meetings on the web @

CLICK:  Watch the Zone.com

2009 Ride for Autism

Filed under: AUTISM,EVENTS/NOTICES — tkm August 9, 2009 @ 18:0 pm

September 20th, 2009

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2009 Budget Projections for the City of Portsmouth – Not Good

Filed under: Trent Williams,Uncategorized — tkm August 7, 2009 @ 14:0 pm

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Pres. David Malone, 2nd Ward Council; VP Gerald Albrecht, 4th Ward Council; Mike Merean, 1st Ward Council; John Haas, 5th Ward Council; Jim Kalb, Mayor; Trent Williams, City Auditor.
These 6 puppets stay true to their unelected leaders and regurgitate whatever they are told to say, even if it means the demise of the City.

On July 30th 2009, Auditor Trent Williams calculated a Projected General Fund Revenue Summary for the current 2009 Fiscal Year. The Projected Year-End Revenues were obtained by using the Actual YTD figures from June 30th, 2009 and the Projected Year-End Revenues. These calculations show the City is approximately $1.1 million dollars short of meeting their year-to-end budget, and those figures only emphasize the highlighted line-items.  My feeling about the report is Trent was being very conservative in his calculations after reviewing the rest of the line-items. Trent used conservative numbers in predicting the Projected 2009 numbers on some line-items. Other line-items also show a shortfall for the City: several of the line items show Actual YTD 09 collections missing their mark by more than 50%.  By December these anemic financial chickens will come home to roost.

Once Council passes an Ordinance to accept the General Fund Budget the Budget is no longer the Mayor’s Budget but Council’s Budget.

Four (4) Council members (1st Ward Mike Mearan, 2nd Ward David Malone, 4th Ward Gerald Albrecht, and 5th Ward John Haas) voted in favor of Mayor Kalb’s proposed 2009 General Fund Revenue Budget in January, even though the City Auditor said he did not feel the figures presented to Council were achievable. Trent, even though he had reservations about the Budget, stood behind and even supported the pressure being placed on Council to pass the Budget by the Mayor and then ultimately joined forces with the 4 Council members whose vote it was to pass the 2009 General Fund Revenue Budget this past January.

The Auditor’s report shows the City could experience close to a $2 million deficit by the time December 31, 2009 gets here.

CLICK:  2009 General Fund Revenue Summary – 2009 Budgeted, Actual YTD June 30, 2009 and Projected Year-End Revenues