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6/20/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

County partners with FirstEnergy to assist consumers in need

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development will host a fuel fund assistance day of all income-qualified FirstEnergy/Ohio Edison customers June 26 at 8 a.m. at the Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave.

Applicants will be given a number upon arrival. Only 200 numbers will be distributed. Those who arrive after 2 p.m. or after 200 numbers have been distributed or would like additional information may call 330-643-2068.

Eligibility is based on a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. People applying for fuel fund assistance must provide the following on the day of service: photo identification (driver’s license or other form of photo identification); Social Security card; most recent delinquent electric bill or termination notice; proof of gross monthly income for all people residing in the home for the past 30 days of application; and proof of a good-faith payment within the past 90 days of the date in which the customer applies for assistance.

The person applying for assistance must be the person whose name appears on the utility bill. If not, he or she must have a letter from the ratepayer dated within seven days from the date of service giving him or her permission to apply for assistance on his or her behalf.

A person is only eligible once every 12 months to receive the fuel fund assistance, and officials cannot apply payments to a deferred or finaled account balance. Home Energy Assistance Program payments are not considered a good-faith payment. This is the last intake day before Summer Crisis will go into effect. In addition, this assistance cannot apply to Cuyahoga Falls utilities.

 

Fifth Third Bank offering credit counseling, financial literacy

GREATER AKRON — Fifth Third Bank has partnered with several community organizations to bring the Financial Empowerment Mobile, or eBus, to nine locations in Northeast Ohio through June 29.

According to Fifth Third officials, the eBus is a 40-foot bus that doubles as a mobile classroom to provide credit counseling, financial literacy, homeownership assistance, foreclosure prevention and access to banking products and services directly to where people live and work.

“Together with the site and program partners, our goal is to help residents understand and gain access to resources and information that continually improve their lives and the well-being of our communities,” said Jerry Kelsheimer, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Northeastern Ohio). “We encourage all Northeast Ohio residents to experience the Financial Empowerment Mobile.”

Community partners include: The Word Church, East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. (EANDC) Center for Homeownership, Southgate Neighborhood Family Services Center, Call & Post Foundation, Cascade Village, Greater Stark County Urban League, Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Hispanic Business Center.

Visitors to the eBus will be able to: request a free credit report and review it onboard; receive a free consultation on loss mitigation and foreclosure prevention; receive a free personalized evaluation of finances; speak with nonprofit organizations that provide housing, money management and business advice; browse free multilingual, self-directed programs on homeownership and credit counseling; obtain money management and budgeting information; get access to a wide range of banking products and services; and access resources provided by community partners.

Stops for the eBus in the area include:

  • June 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the EANDC Center for Homeownership, 1046 S. Arlington Road in South Akron;
  • June 25 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Cascade Village, 210 E. North St. in Downtown Akron; and
  • June 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greater Stark County Urban League, 1400 Sherrick Road S.E. in Canton.

According to Fifth Third officials, this is the ninth year the eBus has visited Northeast Ohio. In 2012, more than 1,500 Northeast Ohio residents stepped aboard the eBus to receive financial literacy and assistance.

 

Second-half 2012 real estate tax bills due July 26

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise has announced second-half 2012 real estate tax bills have been mailed starting June 17.

The closing date for payment will be July 26, with the exception of military personnel. Property taxes are deferred for military reservists who are on active duty. Applications can be obtained by calling 330-643-2641 or visiting fiscaloffice.summitoh.net.

To make a payment:

  • Payments can be made in person at the Summit County Fiscal Office, Treasurers Division, third floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St., in Downtown Akron. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
  • Mailed payments must be U.S. postmarked by July 26 to avoid the statutory 10 percent penalty for late payment. A private meter is not valid for establishing the date of payment.
  • Payments can be made at banks that participate in the Regional Tax Collection System. A list of participating banks is included on the tax bill. Checks must be payable to the banking institution.
  • Tax bills can be paid online or by phone through a secure payment service provided by Official Payments Corp. Taxpayers will need their parcel number on hand. A service fee will be charged by Official Payments Corp. To pay taxes online or by phone, go to fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/on-line-tax-payments.
  • In person cash payments can be made through MoneyGram. A service fee will be charged by Official Payments Corp. To locate a MoneyGram center, visit www.OfficialPayments.com/locate or call 1-800-MoneyGram.

Real estate tax bills are available online under the “Property Tax & Appraisal” link at www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net.

The Tax Installment Program (TIP) will be available again this year. Homeowners who pay their real estate taxes directly to the Fiscal Office but cannot pay the full second-half amount due, can avoid late payment penalties by enrolling in the TIP. To be eligible, all taxes and assessments must be current. The deadline to sign up is July 26. Call 330-643-2869 for more information.

Taxpayers who are delinquent can call 330-643-2600 for information on assistance plans, according to Scalise.

Taxpayers who have not received a tax bill by July should call 330-643-2588 or 888-388-5613, email summittreas@summitoh.net or visit the website to print a bill.

 

Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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