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Summit Co. Tax Installment Plan extended for all property tax bills, not just owner-occupied

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 08:30:46-04

SUMMIT COUNTY HAS EXPANDED ITS TAX INSTALLMENT PLAN PROGRAM FOR ALL RECIPIENTS OF REAL ESTATE TAX BILLS. THE PLAN USUALLY IS ONLY OPEN FOR OWNER-OCCUPIED BILLS. — Summit County has expanded its Tax Installment Plan program for all recipients of real estate tax bills. The plan usually is only open for owner-occupied bills.

“A lot [of people] have lose their jobs, a lot don’t have health insurance, a lot are afraid,” said Becky Lucas.

Lucas is a nurse and has been caring for patients throughout the outbreak.

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Summit County residents and businesses that owe real estate taxes can get help paying them through an extended tax installment program.

"We knew that people were going to struggle for sure,” said Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise.

Scalise says she knew real estate tax bills, mailed out Monday, June 8, would be showing up on the doorstep of Summit County residents who are already in a bad spot.

“I knew it would be difficult for some people to meet the obligation,” said Scalise.

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Scalise says she's heard from some business owners and malls who say they'll struggle to pay property tax because of coronavirus social distancing measures that drove down in-person business.

The county already had a program for homeowners to pay their real estate taxes installments called Tax Installment Plan (T.I.P.).

This year, with businesses struggling, Scalise and the Summit County Council opened the program up for everyone.

“Multi-unit rentals, commercial properties, office buildings, strip malls, it applies to everything,” said Scalise.

If any of those businesses or property owners sign up before Friday, July 17, they can avoid growing interest and penalties. Whatever they owe can be paid in smaller chunks until November 15.

“We’ve signed up a good amount of businesses so it does show that the need is there,” said Scalise.

If you’d like to sign up for the program:

  • You must owe real estate taxes in Summit County
  • If you are already behind on real estate taxes, call 330-643-2600

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Reopening Ohio
Gov. Mike DeWine and the State of Ohio have established a plan to begin reopening Ohio businesses starting May 1. Below is a timeline of the businesses allowed to reopen.

May 1: Medical care – non-essential surgeries and procedures that do not require an overnight stay will be allowed beginning May 1.
May 4: Manufacturing, distribution and construction businesses that were ordered to cease activities may reopen on May 4, as well as general office environments.
May 12: Retail establishments and facilities will be allowed to reopen on May 12.
May 15: Salons, barbershops, day spas, tanning facilities, massage parlors, tattoo parlors and piercing businesses. Restaurants will be allowed to serve patrons on outdoor patios. More details here.
May 21: Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen for dine-in service. Read more here. Campgrounds will be allowed to reopen. Read more here.
May 22: Horse racing will be allowed to resume, with no spectators. Casinos and Racinos are not included in the reopening. Read more here.
May 26: Gyms, fitness centers, regulated pools, recreation centers and studios will be allowed to reopen, with new requirements. Non-contact and limited-contact sports leagues, such as golf, baseball and tennis will be allowed to resume. BMVs across Ohio will reopen, but government officials encourage citizens to utilize the BMVs online services when possible. Read more here.
May 31: Day care centers will be able to reopen in Ohio. Read more about the plan to reopen day cares here. Day camps and summer camps will also be allowed to operate. Details on that here.

While these announced reopenings encompass the majority of the businesses, agencies and events closed and canceled by the state's orders, the governor has not yet made an annoucements on when K-12 schools in the state will reopen, nor when places of public amusement, such as theme parks, gambling businesses, skating rinks, movie theaters, and others will be allowed to reopen. See a full list of indoor and outdoor places that remain closed here.

Click here for more details on the state's "Responsible RestartOhio" plan.