Local governments are wary of budget hits from Columbus and Washington, and here's another possible hit.
Summit County Council passed a resolution Monday night urging the federal government to keep municipal bonds tax free.
District 1 council member Nick Kostandaras says that bonds being taxed would be a blow to local government budgets.
"And we don't want to see anymore put on the backs of the cities, the townships and the counties," Kostandaras tells AkronNewsNow.com, "in light of the fact that if they tax these bonds, we will be spending additional funds that we don't have."
Kostandaras says the bonds allow the county to borrow at lower interest rates, and that helps keep projects going.
He says the state and national groups representing counties are putting out the call, since lawmakers in Washington are kicking around tax changes that could affect local governments.
You can also soon add "paying Summit County Probate Court bills" to the list of things you'll be able to do online.
In other business, Summit County Council passed a law that would allow the county Probate Court to offer payment options to the public on its website via credit card or debit card.
District 5 council member Tamela Lee says a change in the Probate Court paved the way for the online payments.
"I really think it was just who was the head of the Probate Court at the time was more comfortable doing things the old fashioned way," Lee tells AkronNewsNow.com, "and we prefer to come into the 21st century now."
Lee says that when it's in place, the system will allow you to pay such things as guardianship fees and probate fees, and you can request copies without heading to downtown Akron.
She says the Probate Court is in the midst of doing computer updates, so it shouldn't take long to implement the online payments.
Also, Summit County Council approved a plan to lease 1,500 square foot of county storage space on East South Street to the Summit Veterans Council for a nominal fee, to help the yearly "Stand Down" event to help homeless veterans.
The lease will cost the veterans' group a dollar a year over a five year period.
Kathy Blouir with Summit County Stand Down says it's crucial to the group as it prepares for the September event.
"At different times, the organizations had to purchase storage areas for themselves," Blouir tells AkronNewsNow.com, "so this way, we'll be able to have one location for the entire shipment."
The group collects not only donations, but also gets surplus military supply shipments to give to homeless veterans.
Blouir says the Department of Defense requires them to keep close track of the surplus, and being in one central place will help.
County executive Russ Pry tells AkronNewsNow that the space on East South Street isn't otherwise being used by the county, and will be put to much better use helping the "Stand Down" operation.