August has been named child support month by Governor Ted Strickland, and now by the Muskingum County Commissioners.
The commissioners recognized the Child Support Division of Job and Family Services for their hard work today and awarded them with the proclamation.
“We feel like we’ve been doing a pretty good job,” said Vince Durant of the Child Support Division of Job and Family Services. “We had $16.8 million in collections last year and that was the biggest year in muskingum county. We’re over $10 million in collections this year.”
Durant says like everything, the economy has even slowed down child support payments.
“The economy has slowed collections down a little bit,” he said. “The primary way we’re able to collect child support is through wage with holdings. So with unemployment, it makes it difficult for them to pay that support, which if you think about it, makes sense.”
So far this year the child support division has collected $10 million dollars and handled 39,000 phone calls.