State budget preserves Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit

Erica Thompson
Greater Columbus Film Commission Executive Director John Daugherty

On Thursday, July 18, Gov. Mike DeWine signed a two-year state budget bill, with a 4-percent income tax cut as one of the major highlights.

But a segment of locals are also celebrating the preservation of the $40 million Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, which the Ohio House voted to cut earlier this year. The incentive draws film productions to the state, and helps keep locals in the industry employed.

“The legislators heard our voices,” John Daugherty, executive director of the Greater Columbus Film Commission, said in a press release. “We have saved over 6,000 full-time equivalent jobs across the state.”

Back in May, Daugherty and other Ohioans shared testimonials in support of the tax at a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Statehouse. Those efforts, combined with letter-writing campaigns and actions from other film commissions helped make an impact, Daugherty added.

With both the tax and the Greater Columbus Film Commission contributing to the expanding scene in Columbus, specifically — the city ranks fourth out of 15 for employment in creative industries, according to Ohio Citizens for the Arts — OSU and CCAD grads may be encouraged to stay around following graduation.

And the rest of us can look forward to more celebrity sightings around town — traffic concerns aside. (Also, killer raccoons!)