Washington Co. Welfare Staying Steady

By: Brittany Lowe Email
By: Brittany Lowe Email

Recent reports show Ohio's welfare has seen an 18 percent drop over the past year. But Washington County isn't part of the statistic... for good reason.

The reports show welfare has dropped because the majority have failed to meet work requirements.

Washington County's Job and Family Services says Washington County has been at the same rate for years because of the philosophy to put people to work first.

They say the entire staff works hard to find jobs for everyone who applies so those people are given jobs instead of money.

"A taxpayer can see today, okay my taxes are going for people to help people get a job, versus my taxes are going to an individual that I'm just handing a check to. So I mean as a tax payer myself I'd rather see these individuals going to work, and knowing that my tax dollars are helping that individual find a job, continue that employment," explains the director of Washington County's Job and Family services Tom Ballenge.

Ohio reports show about 40 percent of able welfare recipients are working or in job training state wide, Washington County says nearly everybody who is able is working.

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