Richland County commissioners (from left) Cliff Mears, Tony Vero and Darrell Banks (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- The impact of inflation at a 40-year national high began to play out Tuesday as Richland County commissioners launched 2023 budget hearings.

Three departments made presentations, including the sheriff's office, which requested nearly $18.8 million to fund law enforcement, 911 operations and the county jail next year.

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