|Ohio CAT Offering Open House|
|Ohio CAT is hosting a FREE municipal open house June 5. All township officials, particularly those who handle fire, police, EMS and service departments, are eligible to attend. Click here for more details and to RSVP.|
|OTA Initiates Web Only Township Article Series|
|Do you have a township article you would like to share? Contact Kaitlin Hall. Click here for an amazing story of perseverance by a Mifflin Township/Franklin County firefighter.|
|Round 6 LGIF Application Period Open|
|The Round 6 Local Government Innovation Fund Program Loan Application is now available. Applications are due to the Office of Redevelopment by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Contact Nicole Bent at 614-995-2292 with questions.|
|Townships Successful in Primary Election|
|More than 70 levies statewide were on the ballot Tuesday. Click here to learn more about those that passed.|
|OTA Adds Partnership to Member Benefits|
|The Public Employee Benefits Association of Ohio, or PEBA, was born from the collaborative efforts of public employees, employers and the insurance industry. The goal of the nonprofit is to provide the most efficient, cost effective employee benefit solution for political subdivisions in Ohio. The OTA partners with PEBA, for which Matthew DeTemple, OTA executive director, holds a seat on the Board. Click here for an article from the January/February 2012 issue of the magazine detailing the program's offerings or visit their website.|
|Health Care Changes on the Horizon|
|The OTA is receiving numerous calls regarding the PPACA and federal health care reform. An article was published in the March/April issue of the Ohio Township News on this topic, and below is an update to that article. Watch the July/August issue of the magazine for a follow up Q&A as to how the PPACA relates to public employers.
Rules and regulations surrounding Obamacare are changing on a daily basis. As such, there is a correction to The Who, When, How and What to do Guide to Health Care Reform for Townships article included in the March/April issue of the magazine.
The March 1 deadline mentioned in the article has been postponed to an as-yet-undetermined date prior to the start of the Exchange's open enrollment period set to begin in October 2013. Also, individuals may still be eligible for government subsidies if the single-only premium is "affordable," but the family premium is not and the individual selects the employer's family plan. This scenario will not subject the employer to tax penalties.
|Support Ohio's Major League Baseball|
|With decreased budgets and continuous talks of collaboration, it's been a tough couple of years for townships. That's why the OTA has planned a fun outing for you and your family, friends or fellow township officials. You choose - an Indians or Reds game. There are a limited number of tickets available, so click here for more information and to register.
|New History & Functions DVD Released|
|The Ohio Township Association recently completed a DVD on the history and functions of townships today. Click here to order!|
|OTA Study on Local Government Released|
|Wendell Cox, principal of Demographia, an international public policy firm, recently completed a study titled Local Democracy in Ohio: A Review of City, Village and Township Financial Performance by Size. The report concluded that townships spend less, tax less and incur less debt than other local governments in the same population categories. Research summarized in the report demonstrates townships are more accessible and responsive and overall, are a vital component of local government in Ohio. The OTA released the report and supporting materials to statewide media and members of the General Assembly today. Please find below materials related to the report for use in your township.
Brochure (Brochure Order Form)
Frequently Asked Questions
Articles related to the Local Democracy in Ohio report.
WOSU - Sept. 28, 2012
WSPD Radio, Toledo - Oct. 3, 2012
WSPD Radio, Toledo - Oct. 4, 2012
Delaware Gazette - Oct. 6
Springfield Sun News - Oct. 9
WKKJ Radio, Chillicothe - Oct. 10
Hamilton News Journal - Oct. 11
Dayton Daily News - Oct. 12
The Western Star, Lebanon - Oct. 18
Times Gazette, Hillboro (Letter to the Editor) - Nov. 4
Columbus Dispatch - Nov. 5
West Side Leader, Akron (Letter to the Editor) - Nov. 29
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|2013 Compensation Charts|
|The General Assembly did not pass a cost of living increase for township officials for 2013. Please refer to the following compensation charts for budgeting purposes.|