The Ohio House of Representatives concurred on Senate changes to legislation that modifies and updates various state policies that impact county auditors.
Sponsored by Rep. Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab), House Bill 166 eliminates some requirements of county auditors, including that they use certified mail to inform local governments of their Local Government Fund (LGF) share. While auditors will still be required to report this information to local governments, they now are permitted to do so through ordinary mail or email.

“This is a common sense bill,” Green said. “House Bill 166 intends to clean up and bring to date many laws that impact county auditors on a regular basis.”
The bill no longer requires county auditors to certify interest rates to local courts, and it also eliminates a local court’s obligation to post the interest rates in the clerk’s office. This provision utilizes advancements in technology, considering that the interest rate is posted on the Department of Taxation’s website.
HB 166 also provides a longer time period for Ohioans to file for the homestead exemption and the 2.5-percent residential property tax reduction. The deadline now stretches from the first Monday in June to December 31st of the year the exemption applies.
HB 166 also:
•        No longer requires notices regarding pending applications for tax exemption of pollution control or energy conversion/conservation property be provided to local taxing authorities
•        Requires that appeals of a Board of Tax Appeals decision on a complaint originally filed with a county board of revision to include a copy of the appellate notice to both the board of revision and the county auditor
•        Eliminates statute requiring persons to obtain permits for traveling exhibitions and licenses and bonds to conduct public auctions of new merchandise
Notable changes to the bill made by the Senate include creating a consistent means to levy garbage fees by both chartered and statutory counties.

The legislation now awaits action by the governor.

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