CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish submitted his two-year operating budget Tuesday.
The budget is balanced and officials say it accomplishes three key things:
- It solves the significant financial problems of the past.
- It continues to provide for the urgently needed services.
- It makes transformational investments in a prosperous and healthy future for all county residents.
Transformational investments to support three key priorities:
Job Creation and Job Training:
$17.5M/yr Cuyahoga Jobs Fund ($10M GRF & $7.5M Casino)
- The focus will be on funding projects that create jobs throughout the county. Projects like funding micro-loans for small businesses and partnering to attract venture capital to the region in order to spur continued entrepreneurial business growth.
- This will continue the county's leadership role – unique among counties in Ohio – in economic development by continued investments in job growth opportunities countywide. Investments that help businesses grow and grow faster in Cuyahoga, like the expansion of the Hart Schaffner Marx garment facility in Brooklyn (160+ jobs) and the Heinens' Foods processing facility in Warrensville (100+ jobs).
$3M/yr Workforce Funds
- County's workforce training programs will be realigned to better address the needs and aspirations of our residents while at the same time providing needed talent to fuel business growth.
$26M (One Time) Demolition Funds
- Original plan was to borrow the funds but we can no longer do that. Prosecutor is providing $2M and we are funding the remaining $24M. This program removes blighted properties throughout the county. The county currently has 626 structures approved for demolition throughout Cuyahoga.
Fairness and Equity:
$10M (one time) Pre-K Challenge funds
- We will lead the effort to expand the availability of high-quality pre-K education so that every child in our county is ready for school on the first day of Kindergarten.
$1.5M (500k 2016, $1M 2017) Infant Mortality
- Investments to reduce Cuyahoga County's shameful infant mortality rate. Ohio ranks 47th in the nation. Cuyahoga County is one of the worst performing counties in Ohio. The county will work collaboratively with the city, hospitals and the philanthropic community to develop a coordinated effort .
Government That Gets Results
$1.1M/yr Innovation Funds
- The result of a public-private partnership with the Cleveland Foundation to create an innovation and performance team. First order of business will be to lead an effort to find efficiencies throughout County Government focusing on enterprise-wide contracts and functions as well as duplicative efforts. The county expects significantly more funds in savings than the 1.1M being invested.
- Consolidation of the departments of Jobs and Family Services and the Department of Children and Family Services. The decision to merge is based on one of Armond Budish's key strategic imperatives: No Wrong Door. The concept behind No Wrong Door is that the county is committed to following policies and practices that provide easier access to County services. The merger also brings us opportunities to immediately look at ways that we can share services in our back office functions.