Thanks to our Lobbyist Bob for providing us with a copy of his letter to the Ohio Department of Taxation. It is our intention to contact our State officials after the November 6th elections.
October 19, 2018
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Ohio Dept. of Taxation response to MY INQUIRY ABOUT REAL ESTATE CONTINUING TAX LEVY’S
Having concern about too many continuing tax levies, and no oversight, Morley Library on the ballot now, a big Lakeland CC on the ballot, and the large Riverside Local School Levy, which was passed recently, in my opinion without proper notice, and in fact deceptively, decided to do a little research. (bottom line, Ohio needs to find a better and more fair way to fund public schools and stop seniors from being taxed out of their homes)
My home is not a palatial palace and my real estate taxes, because of the Riverside Local School levy, increased about $700 annually. I have deep concern about young families and elderly citizens being able to afford such an increase.
I contacted and spoke with a lawyer at the Ohio department of taxation, and asked a simple question: Does the Ohio revised code provide for a procedure to reduce or negate a continuing tax levy which has been approved by voters and is in effect now, for example the huge Riverside Local School CONTINUING TAX LEVY?
His answer was YES, and he referred me to the following Ohio Revised Code sections. Sec. 5705.261 and Sec. 5705.190 These sections will lead to a wealth of information. IF YOU HAVE INTEREST, PLEASE REVIEW as I did.
My contact in Columbus was [redacted], direct phone line [redacted] . Back up phone # [redacted].
It is way past time for our legislators to stop passing the buck, and come up with a better and more fair way to fund our critical public school system.
Categories: Real Estate Taxes