MCD funding comes from property owners and jurisdictions that benefit from MCD’s services. MCD also can receive funding through grants, agreements and other sources. The Ohio Revised Code outlines how conservancy districts are funded.
The Main District and two subdistricts (Aquifer Preservation Subdistrict and River Improvement Corridor Subdistrict) are individually funded, and the funds are not interchangable.
MCD levies two flood protection assessments: one for capital improvements and one for maintenance. Those property owners (business and residential) who benefit from the flood protection system pay the assessments. More than 25 cities and counties also benefit and pay assessments.
Aquifer Preservation Subdistrict (APS)
MCD’s work in preserving water resources is funded by an assessment paid by each of the nine counties participating in the APS.
River Corridor Improvement Subdistrict (RCIS)
Communities pay an assessment for maintenance of recreational amenities in their city, township or county. The amenities include bikeways and river activity areas – with improvements such as low dams, portages, river access points, and parking lots.