Amendment Watch: Soil and Water Districts


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In the Governor’s budget proposal, all state funding for Ohio’s 88 county soil and water districts was eliminated. An article in today’s Columbus Dispatch suggests that in order to make up the difference and continue operations, some local districts will be forced to go to the ballot for a tax increase.

The Dispatch reports that Democratic State Representative Denise Driehaus has submitted an amendment seeking restoration of general revenue funding to the districts. Driehaus points out that given the administration’s drive to pursue the practice of “fracking” – a process of drilling for natural gas  that can release toxic wastewater into streams and drinking water, and the massive agricultural run-off poisoning Grand Lake St. Mary’s, now may not be the time to reduce funding for programs that protect soil and water from erosion and runoff.

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