Trumbull commissioners say they won’t lose Medicaid revenue until 2019
Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka announced Thursday that layoffs threatened for this year have been averted by news that the county won’t lose $700,000 this year or $2.7 million next year through changes in tax revenue from Medicaid.
Commissioner Frank Fuda announced at the end of Thursday’s meeting that the County Commissioners Association of Ohio has indicated that Trumbull County will be “made whole” by the state for the loss in Medicaid taxes for the last quarter of this year and all of 2018.
Two payments will be made to the county, Fuda said – one within a couple weeks and another one in January.
This is good news because county Auditor Adrian Biviano told the commissioners last November to cut each county department’s budget by 5 percent to offset the $700,000 loss in 2017 that would occur because of Medicaid taxes and the $2.7 million loss expected in 2018.
Fuda also at the time was talking about the possibility of the commissioners imposing a quarter-percent sales-tax increase to raise an additional $6 million per year.
They did not impose a sale-tax increase.
Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa said the bad news is that Trumbull County will lose the $2.7 million starting in 2019 and needs to find a permanent replacement for it.
“In 2019, it will go away completely,” he said.