Funding changed for some ODA programs

By Ashley Bunton -

The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s general revenue fund for 2016 increased over last year, but several livestock programs saw a change in funding between fiscal year 2015 and 2016.

For fiscal year 2016, the ODA general revenue fund is $16.3 million, a 7 percent increase from fiscal year 2015. Funding for fiscal year 2016 was decreased for Livestock Testing and Inspection, Animal Health Programs and Livestock Management Programs from fiscal year 2015.

Livestock Testing and Inspection funds were decreased by 10 percent from $102,770 in fiscal year 2015 to $92,493 in 2016.

Funding for Animal Health Programs was decreased by 6.4 percent from $3,936,6987 in 2015 to $3,686,687 in 2016.

Livestock Management Programs saw a 27.8 percent decrease in funding between 2012 and 2016, from $186,984 in 2012 to $135,000 in 2016.

The general revenue fund is the state’s largest and primary spending fund. The general revenue fund comes from state tax revenue from personal income tax, sales, fuel and alcohol tax and corporate franchise and municipal income taxes. Non-tax income for the state’s general revenue fund includes fees, licenses, transfers and earnings on investments. Other sources for the general revenue fund include some federal money that supports human services programs.

For fiscal year 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s executive budget, prepared by the Office of Budget and Management, recommends spending $35.3 billion from the state’s general revenue fund. The entire state budget, including the general revenue fund and other sources of revenue for the state, appropriated $68.49 billion in spending for 2016.

Information provided by The State of Ohio Executive Budget, Fiscal years 2016-2017, Office of Budget and Management.

By Ashley Bunton

Reach Ashley at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton

Reach Ashley at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton