Franklin County, Ohio
Franklin County, Ohio is one of eighty-eight counties in Ohio. The 2010 census reported the population at 1,163,414, making it the second largest county in Ohio. The county seat is Columbus, Ohio, the largest city in Ohio and the 15th largest city in the United States. Franklin County is home to the largest university in the United States, The Ohio State University.” Franklin County maintains the highest long-standing bond rating issued by both Moody’s Investor Services (Aaa) and Standard & Poor’s (AAA) for its general obligation debt. These ratings place Franklin County among the top 1.8% of counties nationwide. Additionally, Franklin County was recognized as one of the best managed counties in American in a five-tiered study conducted by Governing Magazine and Syracuse University. The county was established on April 30, 1803, shortly after Ohio became a state, and was named after Benjamin Franklin.
See also: Evaluation of Ohio county websites
This site was most recently evaluated on December 24, 2012.
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 5 years.
- Administrative Officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
- Elected Officials
- Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2004 are available.
- Bids and RFPs are posted online.
- Public Records
- Public records request policy is provided. Each department has a designated employee for requests.
- A fee schedule for documents is provided.
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- Residents are able to pay taxes online.
- Permits and zoning
- Zoning ordinances are posted online.
- Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.
- Public Records
- The policy states that each agency will have a designated public records custodian, but these employees are not identified with contact information on agency pages.
- Meeting minutes are not archived for 3-5 years.
- Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.
Elected Officials: Commissioners and County Administrators
Three county commissioners serve as the general administrative body for Franklin County and set the strategic direction and fiscal priorities for the county. Commissioners are elected to a four-year term. The Commissioners rely on a County Administrator and three Deputy County Administrators to run day-to-day operations of the county.
|John O’Grady||Commissioner President|
|Don L. Brown||County Administrator|
|Bill Flaherty||Deputy County Administrator for Facilities & Operations|
|Kenneth Wilson||Deputy County Administrator for Resource Management|
|Erik Janas||Deputy County Administrator for Regional Collaboration|
|Shannon Zee Cross||Clerk to the Board of Commissioners|
The County Administrator appoints authorities, boards, committees, and commission members.
|Joe Rock||Animal Care & Control|
|Susan Brown||Child Support Enforcement|
|James Schimmer||Economic Development & Planning|
|Charlotte Ashcraft||Fleet Management|
|Robert Young||Human Resources|
|Margaret Snow||Benefits & Risk Management|
|Anthony Trotman||Job & Family Services|
|Antonia Carroll||Office on Aging|
|Kathy Crandall||Office of Homeland Security & Justice Programs|
|Zak Talarek||Office of Management & Budget|
|Hanna Greer||Public Affairs|
|James Goodenow||Public Facilities Management|
|Karl Kuespert||Purchasing Department|
|Stephen Renner||Sanitary Engineering|
The Franklin County economy is broad-based, with no single dominating industry, which provides economic stability to the region. In 2008, the most recent available data, the primary source of employment was trade, transportation and utilities (19.6%), followed by professional and business services (17.1%), other sectors (15.5%), government (15.3%) and education and health services (13%). Since 2009, unemployment in Franklin County stayed below the national average, while unemployment in Ohio rose above the national average.
The annual 2011 budget projects $281.7 million in revenue, primarily from taxes (59.5%) service fees and charges (15.4%) and intergovernmental revenue (4.6%). General fund operating expenditures are approximately $260.4 million, spent primarily on justice and public safety (67.2%) and general government (30%). The 2011 approved budget includes $47.7 million in reserves and debt.
Tax information (homestead, estate, property) including a tax levy estimator and tax reduction information is published.
The Ohio tax incentive program in Franklin County is in place as an effort to coordinate the economic development relating to Community Reinvestment Areas. It is an effort to avoid unnecessary delays and ensure that the project moves forward.
Franklin County In the News
- Proposed Ohio redistricting map will reach the House committee, who will decide whether Ohio loses two U.S. House seats in 2012 (18 to 16).
- Since 2009, suits against Franklin County have cost $1.1 million in settlement payouts. The most recent settlement involved a man who claimed that he was knocked unconscious by a deputy sheriff while in custody.
- Franklin County Website
- Franklin County Board of Commissioners Website
- Franklin County Government Directory
- Franklin County Auditor
- Franklin County Sheriff's Office
- Franklin County Board of Elections
- Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk
- Ohio School Teacher and Administrator Salary Database
- US Census for Franklin County
- Franklin County on e-Reference
- Franklin County, Ohio facts
- Franklin County accolades
- Franklin County, Budgets, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- Franklin County, Staff Directory, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- Franklin County, Elected Officials, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- Franklin County, Meeting Agendas, Accessed: December 25, 2012
- Franklin County, Meeting Times, Accessed: December 25, 2012
- Frankling County, Audits, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- Franklin County, Bids, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- Franklin County, Public Records Policy, Accessed: December 25, 2012
- Franklin County, Tax Rates and Online Payment, Accessed: December 25, 2012
- Franklin County, Lobbying, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- Franklin County, Building Permits and Zoning, Accessed: December 25, 2012
- County Administrators
- Administrative Officials appointment
- County economy (dead link)
- Budget analysis (dead link)
- Ohio Tax Incentive Program
- Ohio redistricting (dead link)
- $1.1 million settlement payouts