State and federal subsidies are down

By William K. Alcorn


Mahoning County District Board of Health approved a $5.9 million 2014 budget, which is slightly higher than the department’s 2013 budget of $5.8 million.

Estimated revenue for 2014 is $5.5 million, said Ed Janik, director of finance and human resources.

Janik said at Wednesday’s health-board meeting that both budgeted expenditures and estimated revenues are conservative to allow for unforeseen costs or income.

Traditionally, he said, actual expenditures are less than budgeted and revenues are higher.

Revenue is derived from landfill dumping and other licensing fees; state and federal grants totaling $1.6 million, the largest of which is the $953,716 Women, Infants and Children grant; 0.28-mill unvoted inside property-tax millage, which generates about $965,000; and 0.1-mill tuberculosis levy, which produces $170,000 to $180,000 annually, Janik said.

A large portion of the fees assessed by the county health department are sent to the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

State subsidies continue to decrease, and more and more of the budget comes from local funds, Janik said.

For example, the state no longer reimburses the county health department for expenses associated with the rabies program, which includes recovering dead animals for testing, and three days of rabies baiting done in the fall, he said.

In other board action, Fawn Allison, head of the Mahoning County WIC program, announced her retirement effective Dec. 31.

Allison came to the county health department Oct. 1, 2012.

The department took over the WIC program from the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership, where she had directed the program for many years.

MYCAP is the federally designated, countywide poverty-prevention agency. Its programs include Head Start, Center for Family Economic Success, home weatherization and emergency energy assistance.

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