City Council approves additional appropriation in fight against substance abuse

Work continues on efforts to address the opioid epidemic in Bartholomew County.

The Columbus City Council voted this week to approve an additional appropriation from new money being collected from the county’s recently enacted income tax increase. Mary Ferdon, the city’s director of administration, explains that one-million dollars is being put into the substance abuse non-reverting fund. She adds that the public funding board, comprised of officials from the city, county and Columbus Regional Health, met last week and approved the board itself, as well as the accountability committee. The later of which is scheduled to meet in the coming weeks…


Ferdon stresses that the accountability board cannot spend money on its own…


This action comes after the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County held it’s annual report to the community last week. Council voted unanimously to approve the additional appropriation.