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Mission Statement | Responsibilities | Funding & Revenue Sources | BCEO Brochure

MISSION STATEMENT

"The mission of the Butler County Engineer's Office is to design, build, and maintain the safest, most efficient roadway network possible for the citizens of Butler County Ohio. We will ensure motorist safety while supporting the continued growth of a strong local economy. The BCEO also pledges to be fiscally responsible and accountable to the public for projects completed and dollars expended."

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ENGINEER'S OFFICE

BCEO, 1921 Fairgrove Ave. (Ohio 4), Hamilton, OhioThe Butler County Engineer's Office is the agency responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of Butler County Ohio's transportation system. Our projects and services promote safety, efficiency, and economic development. Our traditions of quality public service and local control, fiscal responsibility, and public accountability are not new concepts to the citizens we have served. We've been working to make travel safer and more efficient since 1932. From computer-aided bridge design and construction to state-of-the-art snow and ice control, the BCEO is a multi-faceted transportation agency proudly serving all Butler Countians.

The County Engineer and his staff are responsible for the "construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and repair of all bridges and highways within his county that are under the jurisdiction of the board of county commissioners," according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), Section 5543.01.

  • Which roads does the Butler County Engineer maintain? Click here for a list.

As of January 1, 2014 the county roadway system in Butler County includes:

  • 266.7 centerline miles
  • 607 lane miles
  • 401 bridges (inspection, maintenance, replacement)
  • 1,025 culverts
  • 84 traffic signals/flashers
  • 8,000+ traffic control signs

The ORC also states that the county engineer's office is responsible for the "construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, or improvement of roads by boards of township trustees...," meaning that the Butler County Engineer serves as the engineer for the thirteen townships and their network of roadways as well. For a specific outline of the duties of the county engineer, please read Duties on the P.E., P.S. page. The BCEO does not perform maintenance on city streets, residential streets, interstate, U.S., or state routes. Please contact your local city or township, or the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) regarding maintenance information on their road systems.

All potential projects are identified and developed by BCEO engineers, who also determine a funding source for each project and place them on a time line for design and construction. For an overview of project development, planning, and construction, please see Project Development.

WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM
 
Primary local funding sources:
  • Gasoline taxes
  • License plate fees
Average annual income generated from the above two sources:
  • $12 million

The County Engineer's major responsibility, the upkeep of roads and bridges, is primarily financed by highway user fees such as motor vehicle fuel taxes and license registration fees. Supplemental funds (voted bond issues and levies, as well as fines) are available for specific highway improvements.

Fuel taxes earmarked for highway purposes are levied at the state and federal levels of government. State revenues are distributed for use on the State, County, Township, and Municipal roadway systems by means of statutory formulas. The amount of the tax varies depending upon legislative action. Some monies distributed to the states from federal funds are passed on to local governments on a project-by-project basis.

The income from state motor vehicle registration fees (after state administrative costs are deducted) is returned to the local government units on the basis of a statutory formula. Currently the distribution percentages average 71% for counties, 24% for municipalities, and 5% for townships.

All revenue is important as local match money for leveraging state and federal grant money. Butler County is Ohio's second fastest growing county, which puts a strain on existing roadways that were not originally designed to handle today's high traffic volumes. To keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely requires adequate funding for much-needed projects. The BCEO has been a leader among Ohio counties in the aggressive pursuit of state and federal grants. For a full explanation of federal, state, and local funding sources, please see Funding Sources.

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