Ohio lawmaker working to consolidate smaller health departments with bill

Ohio lawmaker working to consolidate smaller health departments with bill

Schag says he doesn’t understand why the state is using an arbitrary population number to determine who should merge or not. “We have worked hard over the years to provide services here that are on par with any health department across the state of Ohio,” said Schag.  “I think the language should have said, if you are running efficiently and effectively and using tax dollars wisely and have a quality health department and prove that to us, and we will leave things as they are,” Schag said. 

State Representative Bill Roemer (R-Richfield), who proposed the bill, believes combining some health districts into one will work to “more efficiently meet the needs of their constituents.” The proposal applies to towns with a population of less than 50,000. 

Shelby Mayor Steven L. Schag is not in favor of the idea. It’s towns like Shelby, which has its own local health department, that are the subject of a proposed bill that could require them to consolidate their health department with the county. 

Source “Preserving arrangements that provide duplicative services – possibly at greater cost – does a disservice to taxpayers, who ought to get the highest return for their investment as is possible,” Roemer added.  

“This is a prudent, common-sense method to determine the most efficient and effective way to provide public health services to our constituents,” said Roemer.  Roemer explains his bill comes at a time when the state is solidifying its budget. 

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