COLUMBUS—State Representatives Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) commended Governor John Kasich’s signing of legislation they jointly sponsored to ensure funding for the Delaware Area Career Center, as approved by county residents in 2015.
House Bill 124 will rectify an instance in Delaware County in which residents voted on a levy to help fund the Delaware Area Career Center, which passed by more than 10,000 votes. However, the career center also serves students in neighboring counties, including Franklin, Union, Morrow and Marion, and the boards of elections in these counties were not notified of the levy, and residents were not able to vote on the proposal, which is required to approve the funding.
In order to remedy the situation, the bill authorizes the Delaware Area Career Center to submit the question of a renewal tax levy to the voters who did not vote on the levy previously in Union, Marion, Morrow and Franklin counties. This fix ensures that the DACC can fund the facilities and programs that were approved previously in the last election by adopting a resolution enabling the levy to be put on the ballot for either a special or general election.
“I am elated that Sub. H. B. 124 has been signed by the governor. This was a serious issue for many of my constituents and students in central Ohio, and now that the fix is in place, the DACC can breathe a little easier,” said Brenner. “I am incredibly grateful to my joint sponsor, the Legislative Service Commission, my and Rep. Carfagna’s staffers, the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, and the various members of leadership in both chambers, as well as to the governor for their work on this bill and for making it a priority.”
“Thank you to Governor John Kasich for signing Sub. H.B. 124 and ending the long nightmare endured by the Delaware Area Career Center,” said Carfagna. “It was an honor to work with Rep. Brenner on this effort, and I’m especially inspired by Superintendent Mary Beth Freeman’s professionalism, patience, and determination in managing this crisis and leading the way to resolution. I’m happy for the DACC’s students and faculty and glad that financial certainty and stability has rightfully been restored.”
The legislation was signed on June 28 and takes immediate effect.
For more information, please contact Rep. Brenner’s office at 614.644.6711 or email@example.com; or contact Rep. Carfagna’s office at 614.466.1431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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