State Rep. Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) is fighting to provide property tax relief for the people of Mahoning County. The representative has been working at the Statehouse to push forward House Bill 187 through the committee process, which is legislation that modifies procedures used by the tax commissioner to conduct property tax sales assessment ratio studies.
Known as the “Ohio Homeowners Relief Act,” the legislation was introduced as a result of steep property tax increase projects for 13 Ohio counties.
“I’m speaking collaboratively with the sponsors of the bill and the chairman of the committee to get it over the finish line, it will put a pause on the valuation increases and give immediate relief to residents in Mahoning County and free up time to figure out a more long-term solution,” Cutrona said. “With the continued burden of costs due to inflation, it’s very important we don’t add another crushing tax increase that’s going to negatively impact Ohio families, especially right here in the Mahoning Valley.”
The solution Cutrona is hopeful for within the legislation includes a three-year pause to keep the property taxes stagnant. The representative is hopeful for a positive outcome for residents in an efficient manner as the valuation increases will go into effect soon.
“It’s become apparent the Department of Taxation is using the most costly, egregious method regarding the valuation increases on our constituents. I will work diligently and quickly to avoid this tax increase for Mahoning County. I’m optimistic we’ll find an outcome that’s beneficial for our residents,” Cutrona added.
Most recently, House Bill 187 had its fourth hearing in the Ohio House earlier this week.