by German Lopez
Education and local government aid programs cut by $241 million in Hamilton County
A new website called Cuts Hurt Ohio shows the impact of the state
government slashing budgets. It gives a glimpse into how each county
has been affected by cuts in education and local government aid
For Hamilton County, the website shows cuts of $241 million in
the 2012-2013 budget. Education funds in Hamilton County were cut by a
total of $136 million, while other funds have been slashed by $105
million. The website also reports budget-related news headlines for
Hamilton County: “Cincinnati superintendent salary to be cut in half,”
“Townships may not have any police presence when they lose sheriff
patrols” and “Report: Children services in Cincinnati stretched.”
For all of Ohio, cuts total $2.88 billion. Education programs
were cut by $1.8 billion statewide, and aid provided to local
governments was reduced by $1.08 billion.
Innovation Ohio and Policy Matters Ohio opened created the website to
raise awareness and show the differences between former Gov. Ted
Strickland’s 2010-2011 budget and Gov. John Kasich’s 2012-2013 budget.
The numbers are based on data provided by the Ohio Department of
Taxation and Ohio Department of Education.
Since some cuts are due to the loss of federal stimulus funds, not all
the cuts are directly linked to the state government slashing its
budget. But the 2012-2013 budget will pull funding to the Ohio
Department of Education down to $9.8 billion in the 2013 fiscal year,
which is lower than the amount of funding education received before Ohio
obtained federal stimulus dollars.
To check out the website, go to www.cutshurtohio.com.