Simmons elected MC Commissioners president


By Eamon Baird

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TROY — Miami County Commissioner Gregory Simmons was elected as the new president of the board, with Miami County Commissioner Ted Mercer as the new vice president of the Board of Miami County Commissioners during their reorganization of the board meeting on Jan. 2.

“I’d like to make a motion to elect the Honorable Gregory A. Simmons as president of the board for the term of one year and ending in an organizational meeting of the board on or before the second Monday of January of 2025,” Mercer said.

The commissioners also established to continue to set two weekly regular session meetings to continue Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., in addition to one work session each Thursday at 9 a.m. The board reserves the right to change, add or delete regular, or executive meetings and work sessions as it deems necessary.

As the new president of the Board of Commissioners, Simmons will serve as the official voting representative of Miami County at the annual meeting of county commissioners of Ohio in 2024. Mercer will serve as the alternative voting representative.

The commissioners also authorized the payment of annual dues in 2024 for $11,541.

Simmons last served as president in 2021, and Mercer last served as president in 2022. Miami County Commissioner Wade Westfall, who served as board president in 2023, will be a commission member.

The commissioners also established the following formula for the 1 cent sales tax, effective Jan. 1, 2024; 75% to the county general fund, 14% to the Central Communications, 10% to capital improvements, and 1% to the Superfund clean-up. Income from the additional one-fourth of 1% also is paid into the general fund.

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