Restoration of Local Government Funds
In December of 2016 the MPP sent a resolution to Governor Kasich requesting the restoration of LGF to the 2012 levels. As stated in the letter, “We, the members of the Mayor’s Partnership for Progress, a collaboration of Mayors in 12 Counties in Southeast Ohio, write to you seeking the restoration of the Local Government Funds to pre‐2012 levels. We understand the desire of the State of Ohio to close the gap on an $8,000,000,000 deficit that existed prior to 2012, but feel your assessment of local capacity was erroneous.
Expansion of Broadband access into the MPP region
The MPP has taken a strong stance in support of bringing Broadband access to rural Ohio. The MPP believes that the state and federal government will need to play an active role in policy and funding to make this a reality.
The MPP opposes the financial burden created by State audit requirements
Small, rural communities lack trained staff that can manage the requirements of the State Auditor and the UAN (Unified Accounting Network) system. Municipalities often get “red flagged” for matters that present no danger to the funds provided through the appropriation of tax revenues. When communities get assigned to a “high risk pool” their audit costs can increase by anywhere from 300% to 800% and this presents a substantial burden on the finances of the municipality
The MPP supports additional funding for transportation
Our region has faced transportation challenges for decades. The MPP recently engaged in a successful effort to stave off an assault on the Medicaid transportation system that would have further damaged our regional public transportation. On the other hand, the increased gas tax has brought much needed additional resources for road maintenance and public transportation
Continue and expand water assistance programs
The MPP was successful in obtaining funding for a limited low income water assistance program in cooperation with Community Action Agencies. The program needs to expand the benefit level to $500 and address the varied living arrangements low income families face. Assistance should be based solely on financial need.