Carfagna Champion Bill on Local Issue

Legislation works to ensure funding for DACC

COLUMBUS-State Representatives Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation they jointly sponsored that ensures funding for the Delaware Area Career Center, as approved by county residents in 2015.

Rep. Andrew Brenner

Rep. Andrew Brenner

House Bill 124 works to 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.

“House Bill 124 is a good bill and will resolve an unfortunate situation facing the DACC. I am grateful to Chairman Schaffer and the members of the Ways and Means committee for their thorough vetting of HB 124 and to all my colleagues who voted in favor of HB 124 on the floor today. I look forward to its consideration by the Senate,” said Rep. Brenner.

“I want to thank my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for understanding the difference, importance and urgency of this matter,” said Rep. Carfagna. “We’re on to the Senate now to stress the need to right this wrong and provide our Delaware Area Career Center with the clarity and certainty necessary to resume these construction plans.”

Rep. Rick Carfagna

Rep. Rick Carfagna

To correct the matter as soon as possible, the bill included an emergency clause. It passed with bipartisan support and now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

For more information, please contact Rep. Brenner’s office at 614.644.6711 or rep67@ohiohouse.gov<mailto:rep67@ohiohouse.gov>; or contact Rep. Carfagna’s office at 614.466.1431 or rep68@ohiohouse.gov<mailto:rep68@ohiohouse.gov>.