May 14, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
According to information released from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Monday, Scioto County could receive $132,380 in rebates under a proposed rebate plan for BWC customers in the state, totaling $1 billion.
“Any time we’re getting money it’s good news. It’s bad news when it’s going the other way,” said Mike Crabtree, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners.
He said if the county were to receive the rebate it would go into the general fund and be appropriated as needed.
“From there (general fund), things get appropriated as needed. It’s always welcome news to hear we may have some money coming our way.”
He said since the county has been placed under fiscal emergency status by the Auditor of State’s office, the commissioners have tried to take a conservative approach in its spending practices.
“The revenue has been coming in a little stronger this year, if it stays that way and things keep going in the direction they are headed, it’s going to be a good year,” Crabtree said. “If we maintain a conservative approach that we have, I think things will gradually improve for Scioto County.”
Crabtree believes that Scioto County may be out from under its fiscal status by the end of the year.
Crabtree said one of the steps that need to be taken to get the county out from under this status is having five years of budget projections in place.
“If they agree with our numbers then we could very likely we could be out of fiscal emergency by the end of the year,” Crabtree said.
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