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Commission: County is in stable shape financially

Farm lobbyist also addresses local ag breakfast

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Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau’s senior director of national affairs, speaks at the agriculture breakfast today at the DeGraff United Methodist Church. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

The county remains in stable financial shape and the courthouse restoration project is progressing, Logan County Commissioner Dustin Wickersham told a group of farmers and department heads gathered today at DeGraff United Methodist Church, 1839 S. County Road 24, DeGraff.

The agriculture breakfast hosted by Logan County Agriculture Council also featured an update from Yvonne Lesicko, senior director of national affairs for the Ohio Farm Bureau.

As for the county as a whole, Logan County Commissioners Tony Core, John Bayliss and Mr. Wickersham reported a $1.5 million general fund carryover for the year. Last year, the county budget was about $11 million and Mr. Wickersham predicted the general fund budget would likely remain flat for this year when the commission turns out a final appropriations package, which it is legally obligated to do by the end of March.

In the face of an economic recession and cuts to local government funds, commissioners have reduced the county’s spending by about 30 percent over the last five years, Mr. Wickersham said.

“I’ve just seen the 5 percent reductions in the two years since I’ve been (in office), but we’re stable now, a lot better than a few years ago,” Mr. Wickersham said, observing a modest uptick in revenue over the final quarter of last year.

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