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Third-billing delinquent real estate tax bills in the mail
SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise CPA, CFE has announced a third billing for parcels that have delinquent taxes. The tax bills were mailed beginning Oct. 23.
The closing date for payment is Nov. 21. Failure to pay by the due date may result in publishing the taxpayer’s name in a newspaper publication as required by law, according to Scalise.
On Dec. 1, statutory interest will be charged against any unpaid taxes. If a mortgage lender or someone else is responsible for real estate tax payment, the taxpayer must contact them immediately and forward the tax bill to them. Ohio law states it is the taxpayer’s responsibility to obtain and pay his or her tax bill on time, according to Scalise.
There are three ways for taxpayers to make payment:
• at the Fiscal Office’s Treasurer Division, on the third floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St. in Downtown Akron, Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
• U.S. mail, postmarked by Nov. 21; or
• online or by phone with a credit card or e-check — payments are processed by Official Payments Corp., which charges a service fee of 3 percent for credit card payments and $2 for an electronic check payment.
Third billing payments cannot be paid at a bank.
Send a written notice or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate where all future tax bills should be mailed.
The Fiscal Office continues to offer various plans to assist in the payment of delinquent taxes. Any taxpayer who is delinquent may call 330-643-2600 for details.
Relief on utility bills available for low-income Ohioans
COLUMBUS — Low-income Ohioans now can avoid a utility disconnection or restore their heating services by making a one-time payment of $175.
In September, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) issued a Winter Reconnection Order providing low-income consumers with this assistance. This option is available until April 15, 2013.
For households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, funds provided through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Winter Crisis Program (WCP) or other energy assistance programs may be used to pay the $175 charge. Households with incomes above 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines must enter into a payment plan for any remaining balance on their utility bills above $175. If a consumer’s heating service has already been disconnected, an additional $36 reconnection fee is required.
“The Winter Reconnection Order has helped hundreds of thousands of Ohioans maintain utility service for heat during the winter months,” said Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) Bruce Weston.
Consumers can only take advantage of the Winter Reconnection Order once during the winter heating season.
If customers owe past due payments on their natural gas and electric bills, the $175 can be divided between both utilities.
Customers can use the Winter Reconnection Order to initiate electric or natural gas service rather than pay the required security deposit. If the security deposit exceeds $175, the remaining balance will be added to their next month’s bill.
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus) customers can take advantage of the Winter Reconnection Order. PIPP Plus customers who have been dropped from the program are required to make any missed PIPP Plus payments or pay $175, whichever is less, to re-enroll in the program.
For more information, visit www.pickocc.org.
Summit County completes energy projects
DOWNTOWN AKRON — More than $2 million in energy-efficiency improvements have been completed at Summit County facilities using federal funds, county officials announced Oct. 23.
The county used Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds totaling nearly $2.7 million to complete jobs such as the Ohio Building window replacement, Safety Building window and roof replacement and lighting upgrades at the Summit County Jail, Courthouse and parking deck.
County officials said the federal dollars, which were part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will save local tax dollars with ongoing heating, cooling and electric energy costs.
In addition, 21 projects were funded for local communities and nonprofit organizations in Summit County, including Copley Township, the Akron Civic Theatre, the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Mobile Meals, Goodwill Industries of Akron and the Community AIDS Network.
For more information on the program, call the Summit County’s Department of Community and Economic Development at 330-643-2893 or go to www.co.summit.oh.us.
Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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