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Two resolutions were signed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners at their Thursday morning meeting.

The first resolution concerned the optional allocation of sales tax. State sales tax is 5.75%, but county sales tax is an additional 1.5%, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Commissioner Kevin Ritter said every time someone pays sales tax in Ohio, 1% goes to the state but is sent back to Washington County.

“That’s the allowance for the 1%”, said commissioner Jamie Booth. “It’s going to be a 70/30 split. This is what we were talking about last year where the townships are going to get more money and the engineer will get a bit more money to help with our roads and bridges.

County Engineer Roger Wright said the percentage had been increased last year from 26 percent to 30 percent and the engineer’s office would split the additional four percent equally with the townships.

The second resolution would help reduce the number of people with mental illness in prisons.

Commission President Charlie Schilling said the resolution was about “a program called the ‘Stepping Up’ program here in the state of Ohio.”

“It is led by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Evelyn Stratton. She contacted me a few weeks ago. he said. “We are the 54th county to sign for this. We’re going to launch this in March, I believe, and it’s just to help provide resources for mental illness in prisons.

He said the initiative would cost the county nothing.

“I think it’s important to say that it’s not just about helping in prison, but it’s about helping after, so they can start being a productive part of society. “, Booth said.

The board also approved payment of $6,000 per year from American Rescue Plan Act funds to be used for the salary of the Washington County EMS medical director.

“”The EMS association supports the entire county and it is for public safety,Booth said. “The county has decided to help the EMS association so that the medical director can continue to do what he does. He monitors every team that goes out in this county, the (medicines) and their application, as well as the safety instructions.

Ritter said a precedent was not set with this funding.

“Other medical directors are paid by their entities, so that’s nothing new, especially in this time when physicians are taxed beyond their typical job description,” he said. “We want to make sure it’s something attractive so we can have some consistency in that position and that stipend is for four years, so it’s $6,000 a year for four years.”

Schilling said consistency is important because they are first responders.

Michele Newbanks can be contacted at [email protected]

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