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Posted On: 2/17/2017

Cuyahoga County Supports House Bill 34 to Save County Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars




Contacts:
Mary Louise Madigan: (216) 698-2521; mlmadigan@cuyahogacounty.us



CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Board of Revisions Administrator, Shelley Davis, testified before the Ohio House of Representatives State and Local Government Committee on behalf of Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish in support of House Bill 34.

Sponsored by Representative Stephen Hambley (R-Medina), House Bill 34 would modernize the county notification system for Ohio taxpayers and move Ohio from the antiquated, costly and time-consuming method of notifying taxpayers through certified mail; to allowing new, efficient and cost-effective delivery methods including notification to an email address on record if the taxpayer opts-in.

“Ohio needs to update their laws to keep up with technology while protecting the taxpayer’s rights,” said County Executive Budish. “House Bill 34 is a common sense approach that will save Cuyahoga County taxpayers upwards of $200,000 per year.”

The county has spent over $1.5 million on the postage costs of certified mail over the last 8 years – which had an average return rate of 60-70%.

Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills), who chairs the House State and Local Government Committee, indicated that the bill is on a fast track and could be voted out as early as next week. It could go before the full House of Representatives next Wednesday, February 22, 2017 before it heads to the Senate for deliberations.

For more information on House Bill 34, visit https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA132-HB-34.