COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson
(R-Washington Court House) and State Representative Shane Wilkin (R-Lynchburg), who both represent Highland County in the state legislature, were recently appointed to the Ohio Controlling Board
, which on Monday held their first meeting of the 133rd General Assembly.
"It is an honor to serve on the committee that provides important legislative oversight to state spending and community investments," said Peterson. "One item example from yesterday's agenda was the approval of $334,232 in state funds to purchase agricultural easements through the Cardinal Land Conservancy and Geauga County Commissioners."
The total purchase will be for two properties in Highland and Geauga counties, totaling 377 acres. The agreement restricts non-agricultural uses of farmland and the land remains on the tax rolls under private ownership and management.
“As a new member of the Ohio House of Representatives, I’m honored to have been selected to serve on Controlling Board,” said Wilkin. “I look forward to not only keeping a watchful eye on tax dollars but also ensuring local community investments are targeted to yield the best outcomes for our community.”
The Controlling Board is a mechanism for handling necessary adjustments to the state budget. The Ohio Revised Code establishes the Controlling Board as a body consisting of seven members: the Director of the Office of Budget and Management or an employee of the Office of Budget and Management designated by the Director, the Chair or Vice Chair of the Senate and House Finance Committees, a majority member appointed from both the Senate and the House, and a minority member appointed from both the Senate and the House.
The full agenda from yesterday's meeting can be found here