State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today gave sponsor testimony on House Bill 347 to the Ohio House Local Government Committee. House Bill 347 would authorize legislative authorities of statutory non-chartered municipalities to have the option to reduce the number of council people as well as institute non-staggered terms of office. The bill strives to help local governments reduce costs by giving them more flexibility and options in how they operate.
“House Bill 347 gives the tools that are necessary for local governments to help them operate within their means.” Representative Anielski said. “As the proud representative of 17 municipalities, I understand that it is my duty to help those that I represent in providing them with options to control their costs. House Bill 347 provides local governments with flexibility to function with less council members, thus saving precious taxpayer dollars.”
This legislation is supported by the Ohio Municipal League and would have to be approved by a vote of the residents of the municipality. It now awaits additional testimony and further consideration in the House Local Government Committee.