Board of Commissioners
A board of three County Commissioners serves as the general administrative body for 87 of 88 Ohio counties, with the exception of Summit County which operates under a charter form of government. The following individuals serve on the Board of Commissioners for Lorain County: Betty Blair, Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski. County Commissioners are elected to office like other county officials, such as the Sheriff, Engineer and Auditor. However, they are often seen as the leaders of county government, and their authority goes a long way toward supporting that viewpoint.
Given specific and limited authority by the state legislature, County Commissioners hold title to all county property, serve as the sole taxing authority for the county, and control county purchasing. Most importantly, Ohio’s 87 Boards of County Commissioners are the budget and appropriating authority for county government, meaning everyone – every agency (with the exception of MVGT - Motor Vehicle Gas Tax), every court, every other elected office holder – depends on County Commissioners for their budgets.
This means that County Commissioners must take a broad view when making public policy and budget decisions. Given their impact on the work of many other elected officials and different departments, they must be astute in matters of law enforcement, correction facilities, human services, business development, and other areas. Given their budget-making authority, they must have a good business sense – matching available revenue streams to service needs.
Commissioners have authority under Section 305 and 307 of the Ohio Revised Code and have a myriad of other responsibilities including hearing and ruling on annexations, approving drainage improvements through the ditch petition process, establishing water and sewer districts and making improvements and providing for solid waste disposal.