Ohio has declared Scioto County to be in a fiscal emergency, according to state auditor Mary Taylor.

The county has a $3.5 million deficit that is likely to increase unless the county adopts a financial rescue plan, Taylor’s office said. The state will appoint a seven-member commission to work with county officials on a financial plan.

“We have been communicating with county officials for nearly two years, hoping to avoid this declaration today, but as economic conditions worsen and tough economic choices are avoided, this declaration of fiscal emergency is the first step to restoring fiscal stability in Scioto County,” Taylor said in a statement.

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