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Support Children with Franklin County Children Services' Holiday Wish Program

from Children Services

For more than 50 years, Holiday Wish has provided gifts to children under the care of FCCS who might not otherwise receive them. Join us in helping make wishes come true! Visit the Holiday Wish website to learn how you can contribute.

2015 Budget Promotes Job Creation & Community Safety; Provides Health & Human Services; Plans for the Future

from Commissioners

On December 16, 2014, at their final meeting of the year, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved the operating budget for 35 county agencies which totals $397.4 million and includes $113 million for the County Sheriff's Office and just under $15 million for community partners whose mission it is to address housing & economic development, health services, childhood development, safety and human services which are policy priorities for the County Commissioners. The 2015 All Funds Budget is $1.4 billion.

Certified Election Results Amended

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections amended previously certified vote totals from the Nov. 4 general election this afternoon adding 136 votes cast in 13 precincts on Election Day for a countywide total of 299,272.

The additional votes did not change any election result. Absentee and provisional vote totals remain unchanged from their previously certified totals of 101,126 and 6,747 respectively.

The 136 vote difference was discovered by board staff conducting post-election research.

"Our software correctly recorded those votes, but for some reason did not add them to the totals for the 13 precincts involved," said board of elections Director Bill Anthony. "We are working with the manufacturer, Elections Systems and Software of Omaha, Neb. to find out how this happened and how we can prevent it from happening again."

Official results are posted on the Web at

It's Time to Renew Your Dog License

from Animal Care & Control

All dogs three months of age and older must be licensed annually by January 31.

Three ways to keep your dog legally licensed:

  • One year license - $18 altered or $35 unaltered
  • Three year license - $54 altered or $105 unaltered
  • Permanent license - $180 altered or $350 unaltered

When you acquire a new dog, you must license it immediately.

Dogs in Franklin County must be immunized against rabies by a licensed veterinarian before a license can be purchased.

Click here for more information about dog licenses.

Getting your dog license is easy!

Buy it online, by mail or stop by the Dog Shelter. Just remember to get it before January 31.

Metro Parks Winter Hikes 2015

from Metro Parks

The first of 12 hikes in the 2015 season begins on Saturday, January 3 at Blacklick Woods, 10 a.m. Click here for hike details.

Employment Opportunities at Franklin County

Franklin County is a wonderful place to work. We are always looking for qualified, passionate candidates interested in having a public sector career. Working for your local County can be very rewarding. We encourage you to explore the Employment Opportunities that are currently available.

Children Services December 2014 Connects E-News

from Children Services

The latest issue of Franklin County Children Services Connects E-News is here! Features include:

  • Support Holiday Wish and Delight a Child
  • Wright State's Independent Scholars Network Supports Agency Youth
  • FCCS Names 2014 Employees of the Year

Click here to view the December 2014 edition of Connects E-News.

JFS Staff Relocation

from Job and Family Services

Franklin County Job and Family Services staff will no longer be located at Columbus Neighborhood Health Center at Great Southern after December 19, 2014. Services will continue to be available at the Franklin County Job and Family Services Opportunity Centers.

Metro Parks Winter Parkscope

from Metro Parks

Copies of the winter edition of Parkscope are now in the Metro Parks, or download the PDF.

Franklin County Dog Shelter Pet Food Pantry

from Animal Care & Control

Help a hungry pet this holiday season, and donate dog or cat food to our community pet food pantry at the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

Please drop off dog or cat food anytime at the shelter. We accept open bags, too.

The need is greater during the holidays, and our supply is low. Please donate if you can.

Thank you!

Children Services Accent on Kids: Winter 2014 Edition

from Children Services

Features of our quarterly print publication include:

  • Children Services 2014 Levy Passed
  • Help Grant a Child's Holiday Wish
  • FCCS Celebrates National Adoption Month

Click here to view the Accent on Kids Winter 2014 edition online.

Holiday Closings Franklin County Clerk of Courts' Four Auto Title Offices

from Clerk of Courts

Two New Locations; One Office Now Offering Saturday Hours

Clerk of Courts Maryellen O'Shaughnessy announced the 2014 Holiday schedule for the four Auto Title offices located in Franklin County. Auto Title offices will be closed for three upcoming holidays, and will close early at 4 p.m. on December 12. Information related to these closings is listed in the following table:

Thursday, November 27, 2014 Thanksgiving Day - CLOSED
Friday, December 12, 2014 EARLY Close at 4pm
Thursday, December 25, 2014 Christmas Day - CLOSED
Thursday, January 1, 2015 New Year's Day - CLOSED

After the early release and holiday closings, all Auto Title offices will resume regular weekday business hours of operation as identified below. Auto Title West, in a new location at 4153 W. Broad Street, now offers Saturday hours. Auto Title North recently moved into a larger, newly remodeled site at 980 Morse Road, but maintains its normal weekday and Saturday hours.

Auto Title South/Main Office, 45 Great Southern Blvd., M-F 8 to 5 pm
Auto Title East/Alum Creek Center, 1583 Alum Creek Dr., M-F 8 to 5 pm, Sat. 8 to noon
Auto Title North/NEW LOCATION, 980 Morse Rd., M-F 8 to 5 pm, Sat. 8 to noon
Auto Title West/NEW LOCATION/Hollywood Plaza, 4153 W. Broad St., M-F 8 to 5 pm, NEW HOURS Sat. 8 to noon

Pet Trails in the Metro Parks

from Metro Parks

There are dedicated pet trails in 14 Metro Parks so bring your best friend and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery.

Visit the Metro Parks website to learn more about the parks.

Reports to the Community

from Economic Development and Planning

The Economic Development and Planning Department's Report to the Community e-newsletter series highlights the activities and outcomes of recent projects, programs, and initiatives undertaken by the department. Workforce training, demolition of vacant homes, and expenditure of federal stimulus funds in Franklin County are just a few of the topics covered in these reports that highlight the county's commitment to affordable housing, business investment, and safe neighborhoods.