2019 Levy

Support for Issue 10 Continues to Grow!

Endorsements for Issue 10:

Marilyn Brown, President, Franklin County Board of Commissioners

John O’Grady, Franklin County Commissioner

Kevin Boyce, Franklin County Commissioner

Columbus City Council

Grandview Heights City Council

Canal Winchester City Council

Columbus Dispatch

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Jewish Family Services

St. Stephen’s Community House

SomaliCan

NAACP

Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus and Vicinity

Franklin County Democratic Party

Franklin County Young Democrats

Franklin County Youth Council

Columbus African American News Journal

The Communicator News

The Somali Post

The Somali Link

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Safety, Permanency, and Well-being for every child.

Each year, Franklin County Children Services helps more than 30,000 abused and neglected children – and it offers services and supports to thousands of troubled families throughout Franklin County. Approximately 67 percent of the agency’s operations are funded by two property tax levies, a 3.1 mill levy and a 1.9 mill levy. 

One of the two, a 3.1 mill levy, approved by the county voters in 2009, expires at the end of 2019. Without a continuation of this levy, which generated more than 42 percent of the FCCS operating budget in 2018, Children Services will not be able to provide vitally needed services to abused and neglected children and their families.

Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano certified the estimated property tax revenue from the 10-year, 3.1 mill RENEWAL levy, Issue 10, which will appear on the November 5, 2019 General Election ballot. The 3.1-mill issue is expected to generate more than $85.6 million annually. The levy costs property owners about $84.50 per $100,000 in valuation, and that would not change if voters agree to renewal of the levy. This levy, Issue 10, will not increase taxes!!!!

The major challenge facing Franklin County Children Services—like all child welfare agencies—is to serve without delay every child who needs protection or care and yet maintain a high degree of accountability and fiscal discipline.  The approval of a property tax levy brings a great responsibility and FCCS continues to honor the trust given by the community for more than 50 years.  The knowledge of this responsibility serves as a foundation to the financial management of the organization.  Decisions are made with a balanced focus on child protection and fiscal accountability.