COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio’s overpayment of food-stamp benefits last year exceeded the national average.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the state overpaid more than $88 million in tax-funded benefits last year. In all, Ohio misspent 4.1 percent of the nearly $3 billion received from the federal government for food-stamp benefits in 2013.
The state’s error rate was up slightly from the previous year, and it’s above the national rate of 3.2 percent for tax-dollar waste. That ranks Ohio 21st in the country.
Ohio officials say the state’s error rate has dropped significantly in the past six years. They say errors include incorrect calculations made by county caseworkers, honest mistakes and some instances of fraud.
More than 1.8 million Ohioans receive food stamps, with an average monthly benefit of $132.