The following information has been documented by the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and provided to you by the Licking County Commissioners.
Taxation Responsibilities: The Board of County Commissioners are responsible for many important real property tax levies. It is often the responsibility of the Board to determine the need for the levy and to have the issue placed on the ballot. They also have the responsibility to enact county permissive taxes for additional revenue. This includes the permissive motor vehicle, real estate transfer, sales and use, utilities, and in the near future, a permissive lodge tax.
Budget and Appropriation Authority: The Board of County Commissioners also serves as the budget and appropriation authority for the county. It reviews the budget requested of most county agencies and determines the needed funds each year.
Purchase of Goods and Services: The County Commissioners are responsible for purchasing most supplies, materials and services needed to operate county government. In making such purchases, most items can usually only be purchased after following strict competitive bidding requirements.
Construction of County Buildings: The County Commissioners are responsible for most county building improvements and the maintenance of such buildings.
Borrowing Authority: Within strict statutory and constitutional limitation, the Board of County Commissioners may borrow funds for a variety of purposes. This involves the issuance of either short term notes or long term bonds for a variety of improvements.
County Investments: Many County Commissioners become actively involved in working with the County Treasurer to assure that investment income is maximized. This involves working with active and inactive funds to assure there is adequate cash flow to meet the needs of the county and yet to maximize investment income.
Department of Job & Family Services- formerly known as Human Services: The County Commissioners have overall responsibility for the County Department of Human Services that is responsible for food stamps, aid for dependent children, general relief, social services, and a variety of other human resource development programs.
Child Support and Enforcement Agency: The County Commissioners have overall responsibility for the Child Support and Enforcement Agency which is responsible for the collection of payments to recipients.
Animal Control: The County Commissioners are responsible for the control of dogs in the county. They must establish registration fees, respond to dog complaints by hiring a dog warden, work with humane societies, and pay owners of livestock reasonable costs if the livestock is killed or injured as a result of dogs.
Development Regulations: It is the responsibility of the Board of County Commissioners to adopt regulations to assure that the building and development is well planned and will protect the general welfare of the county. This often includes such regulations as zoning, subdivision regulations, building codes, flood plain regulations and sediment and erosion control standards.
Parks and Recreation: County Commissioner have a variety of broad powers in terms of park and recreation services. They may develop parks, and provide funds to park districts to provide for these needs.
Annexation: It is the responsibility of the County Commissioners to determine if land will be annexed to existing municipal corporations.
Sopd Waste: The County Commissioners are required to form a solid waste district within the county or joint solid waste district with other counties. The Commissioners form the Board of Directors which is responsible for the operations of the solid waste district and appoint representation to serve on the Solid Waste Management Policy Committee which develops a comprehensive plan for the district.
Water and Sewer: County Commissioners have the authority to create sewer districts for the purpose of providing water and/or sewer facilities to residents of the county. Funding for these projects is through bonds or user chargers.
Personnel and Labor Management Relations: One of the newly emerging areas of involvement by County Commissioners is personnel and labor management relations. Employees are becoming increasingly aware of their civil service rights, and it is thus necessary for counties to become better organized in personnel. Unions are also becoming more active and many counties are now beginning to become better equipped to deal with unions. Finally, federal equal employment opportunity requirements place an additional mandate on counties in this area.
Drainage: The County Commissioners are responsible to hear and act on petitions to assure that drainage channels in the county remain open. This involves the levying of special assessments to benefited property owners and required future maintenance of the channels.
Federal Programs: Most County Commissioners are involved in a variety of federal programs and are responsible for their administration. Common federal programs include the Job Training partnership Act (JTPA), Community Development block Grants (HUD), Aging, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) Grants, and a variety of other programs.
General: The County Commissioners serve on many boards and commissions, and take part in a variety of community and public service projects. In addition, it is their responsibility to appoint board and commission members to several agencies.