STATEHOUSE– State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was appointed as the only member of the General Assembly to the Distressed Unit Appeal Board (DUAB). The DUAB was statutorily created and is administered by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).
The DUAB is responsible for helping local units of government find solutions to financial problems, for receiving petitions from school corporations in need of various reliefs and for aiding distressed political subdivisions.
“I am pleased to sit on this board and know there is a real need by some local units of government for this type of a process,” said Rep. Smith. “I think it is a real positive that the scope of work for this board has been expanded. The work of this board will provide needed help for schools and local units that need the assistance of a rainy day fund.”
In 2012, the General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act 1192 amending the responsibilities of the DUAB to include the charge of receiving petitions from school corporations, as well as distressed political subdivisions.
The DUAB is made up five members: the Director of the Office of Management and Budget or designee (Chairperson), the Commissioner of the Department of Local Government Finance, the State Examiner of the State Board of Accounts, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and an individual appointed by the chairman of the legislative council.
“I will apply the same tenacity for the work of this board as I did for the Select Committee on Government Reduction, which was created by the Speaker in 2010,” said Rep. Smith. “In the past two years, we have successfully eliminated about 40 boards, commissions and committees and reduced the net number of state appointments by more than 400.”