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Duties & Power of Commissioners

The Board of County commissioners are the general administrative body for county government. Due to the myriad of responsibilities, the county commissioner must possess characteristics to lead, to visualize, to collaborate - all in an effort to improve the community in which we live.

The Board is the primary taxing and appropriating authority. As such, the Board adopts the annual tax budget, levy taxes, adopts an annual appropriation for most county offices and approve most county expenditures.

Many citizens believe the County Commissioners have authority over elected officials; the Board of County Commissioners works in cooperation with these officials; however, you (the public) are their true boss. The Board of County Commissioners are directly responsible for the following county offices: Economic Community Development, Job and Family Services, Child Support Enforcement Agency, Workforce Investment Act, Emergency Medical Service, Emergency Management Agency, Sanitary Department, Solid Waste, County Home, Dog Warden, and maintenance department. A department supervisor has been appointed by the County Commissioners for each of these departments.

The Board of County Commissioners must also provide office space for many offices. To do so, they have the power to erect, furnish, and maintain county buildings. Other responsibilities of the commissioners include hearing and ruling on annexations, road petitions, approving drainage improvements through the petition ditch process, establishing water and sewer districts and making improvements.

To learn more about the specific duties and powers of the Board of County Commissioners, refer to Chapter 307 in the Ohio Revised Code.