October 25, 2014

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Lorain County governments, schools could get more than $3.3 million in rebates from state

COLUMBUS — Local governments and schools in Ohio could see almost $113 million in rebates from the state insurance fund for injured workers under a proposal from the governor, including $3,320,820 that could be headed to Lorain County.

Gov. John Kasich’s office on Monday released a breakdown of the schools, townships, cities and other public employers who could see a payout from the $1 billion rebate plan Kasich proposed earlier this month.

About 210,000 businesses and public employers could see the rebates in June or July, should the board of directors at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation approve the plan. Checks would range from $5 to more than $3 million.

The board is scheduled to meet May 30 to consider the idea.

Money for the one-time rebate stems from solid investments by the agency, which provides workers’ compensation insurance for Ohio employers and covers about two-thirds of the state’s workforce. The agency’s net assets have grown to $8.3 billion.

Not all local governments or schools would get a rebate, because some employers are self-insured and don’t pay into the bureau’s system. But nearly 3,800 local governments and schools would see checks, the Kasich administration says.

Schools would receive about $42.5 million in total — the largest slice of the $112.8 million being returned to public employers. Cities would get $37 million, while counties would see $16.5 million. Townships could expect $7.6 million.

Kasich’s plan also calls for increasing the amount of money for safety grants to $15 million from $5 million. The bureau’s grant program provides matching funds to employers who purchase equipment to reduce injuries or illnesses on the job.

In addition, the bureau is asking the Legislature to approve an overhaul of how it bills its employers. And the agency says the changes would result in rate cuts of 2 percent for private employers and 4 percent for public employers.

Employers currently pay their workers’ compensation premium for the previous six months of coverage. The agency wants to move to “prospective” billing, so it can collect employer premiums for an upcoming policy period.

The bureau says it would ask its board for a $900 million credit for employers to help with the transition to the new billing system.

Primary Name Industry Description 2011 Premium Amount Estimated Rebate Amount
AMHERST EXEMPTED VILLAGE SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 177,090 99,170
AMHERST PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHOOLS 3,776 2,110
AMHERST TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 6,220 3,480
AVON LAKE CITIES 242,168 135,610
AVON LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHOOLS 4,820 2,690
AVON LAKE SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 150,401 84,220
AVON LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOLS 104,309 58,410
BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 1,852 1,030
CAMDEN TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 5,207 2,910
CARLISLE TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 13,410 7,500
CITY OF AMHERST CITIES 113,950 63,810
CITY OF AVON CITIES 194,283 108,790
CITY OF ELYRIA CITIES 774,315 433,610
CITY OF LORAIN CITIES 320,697 179,590
COLUMBIA LOCAL SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 44,181 24,740
COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 16,247 9,090
EATON TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 15,740 8,810
ELYRIA PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHOOLS 16,709 9,350
ELYRIA SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 417,144 233,600
ELYRIA TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 17,044 9,540
FIRELANDS LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOLS 58,330 32,660
GRAFTON MIDVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHOOLS 1,926 1,070
GRAFTON TOWNSHIP CONTRACT COVERAGE 11,820 6,610
GRAFTON VILLAGE VILLAGES 34,442 19,280
HENRIETTA TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 2,252 1,260
HERRICK MEMORIAL LIBRARY SCHOOLS 915 510
HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY OF LORAIN INC SCHOOLS 4,251 2,380
HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 2,214 1,230
KEYSTONE SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 39,732 22,240
KIPTON VILLAGE VILLAGES 207 110
LA GRANGE VILLAGE VILLAGES 10,487 5,870
LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP CONTRACT COVERAGE 32,764 18,340
LAKE ERIE REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOV SCHOOLS 596 330
LORAIN CO RURAL WASTEWATER DISTRICT SPECIAL DISTRICTS EXCEPT TRANSIT AUTHORITIES 1,611 900
LORAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOLS 231,406 129,580
LORAIN COUNTY COUNTIES 579,621 324,580
LORAIN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION SCHOOLS 45,632 25,550
LORAIN COUNTY JVS SCHOOLS 112,645 63,080
LORAIN COUNTY METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT SPECIAL DISTRICTS EXCEPT TRANSIT AUTHORITIES 52,466 29,380
LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHOOLS 15,345 8,590
LORAIN SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 219,233 122,770
MIDVIEW SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 142,292 79,680
NEW RUSSIA TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 6,157 3,440
NORTH RIDGEVILLE CITIES 323,119 180,940
NORTH RIDGEVILLE SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 214,564 120,150
OBERLIN CITIES 248,616 139,220
OBERLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SCHOOLS 2,172 1,210
OBERLIN SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 80,880 45,290
PENFIELD TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 1,406 780
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 2,230 1,240
ROCHESTER TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 2,764 1,540
ROCHESTER VILLAGE VILLAGES 294 160
RURAL LORAIN CO WATER AUTHORITY SPECIAL DISTRICTS EXCEPT TRANSIT AUTHORITIES 32,357 18,120
SHEFFIELD CLEARVIEW SCHOOLS SCHOOLS 76,255 42,700
SHEFFIELD LAKE CITIES 95,149 53,280
SHEFFIELD LAKE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOLS 107,685 60,300
SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP CONTRACT COVERAGE 19,092 10,690
SHEFFIELD VILLAGE VILLAGES 38,719 21,680
SOUTH AMHERST VILLAGE VILLAGES 23,182 12,980
SOUTH LORAIN COUNTY AMBULANCE SPECIAL DISTRICTS EXCEPT TRANSIT AUTHORITIES 18,660 10,440
WELLINGTON CEMETERY TOWNSHIPS 950 530
WELLINGTON COMMUNITY FIRE DISTRICT CONTRACT COVERAGE 53,752 30,100
WELLINGTON EXEMPTED SCHOOL SCHOOLS 56,151 31,440
WELLINGTON TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIPS 2,177 1,210
WELLINGTON VILLAGE VILLAGES 47,821 26,770

Figures from Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s website. Some entities that were apparently listed as Lorain County in error have been removed from this list.