Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop has raised concern over the amount of surpluses in some of the departments/agencies that receive money from County property taxpayers. 13abc is reporting the outcome of today’s Lucas County Commissioner meeting.
Lucas County commissioners reject a proposal calling on two county agencies to reduce funding.
Ben Konop says certain agencies have a surplus of reserve funds and the cuts would save taxpayer dollars. But the agencies say cutbacks now would cost more later.
More than $50-million is the combined surplus for the County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Children Services. Commissioner Ben Konop is calling on both agencies to stop collecting property tax levy dollars in 2011. The commissioner estimated his plan would save the average homeowner about $60 per year.
“It’s a $15-million shot in the arm to the economy when we need it most. To me this makes sense,” says Konop.
But not everyone agrees. The directors of both CSB and the Board of DD acknowledge each agency has millions of dollars in reserve funds, but insist the money is used to hold them over in between levy requests.