Category Archives: Local Government

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: ShareOhio

Ohioans owe Auditor of State Dave Yost and his staff a round of applause for a new online innovation.  The Auditor of State (AOS) staff is going to implement an innovative web-based system to facilitate the sharing of equipment, personnel …

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First School Consolidation in Quarter of a Century Moves Forward

After flirting with the idea for decades and having recently arranged to share services, two Ohio school districts—Bettsville and Old Fort—have finally decided to tie the knot and consolidate. Both districts are located in rural Seneca County and educate far …

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Buckeye Institute Talks Current Tax Reforms and Need for More

Our Greg R. Lawson was on the past episode of the State of Ohio with host Karen Kasler and guest Dale Butland from Innovation Ohio discussing recent Ohio tax reforms.   The full video is below.

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Local Governments Recovering Despite Supposedly Brutal Cuts

The cost of local government is a critical issue for Ohio’s future economic growth.  As The Buckeye Institute described in our 2011 Joining Forces report, Ohio has the seventh highest number of municipalities (938) and townships (1,308) in the nation …

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Compare Apples to Apples When it Comes to Property Levies

With the dust now settled from May Elections, it is worth pausing to review how property tax levies work in Ohio. All too often, well meaning people are confused by the dizzying array of different property tax levies that can …

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Does Supporting the Zoo Require Increased Funding and Reduced Accountability?

A new Buckeye Institute report analyzing the proposed continuing zoo levy raises three serious questions for Franklin County voters to consider before heading to the polls on May 6: 1) Whether a continuing (often referred to as permanent) levy is …

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It is Still Time for Caution in State Spending

Ohio policymakers need to proceed with caution when it comes to spending, even when it comes to expanding a politically popular program such as the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP).  What looks good today as we climb out of the …

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