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Income Tax Reminder

Tax Day For 2018 Income Tax is Monday, April 15, 2019.

Filing is mandatory for all Rossford residents and businesses located within the City, as well as for Rental Property owners, and lottery winners. Check out the City Tax Department website page for details.

The Regional Income Tax Agency/RITA maintains City of Rossford income tax collections. To obtain information for filing purposes including specific account information and estimates, please call RITA at 1-800-860-7482 ext. 5002 or visit their website at www.ritaohio.com. Income tax forms are available at the RITA website also by clicking on the link.   RITA offers e-filing and e-payment options for individuals and businesses, including prior year returns.   File online at www.ritaohio.com .

Taxpayers receiving notification letters from RITA need to respond to RITA in order to avoid receiving additional penalties and interest, or receiving a subpoena.  To assure speedy processing and to avoid the subpoena process, responses should be sent to:

Attn: Compliance Department 198
Regional Income Tax Agency
PO Box 470538
Broadview Heights, OH 44147-0538
or by Fax to 1-440-922-3510

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Regional Income Tax Agency Phone System Offers Better Service

The Regional Income Tax Agency/RITA installed their new phone system on January 19, 2018. The added features are able to better service our taxpayers, offering assistance with enhanced self-service features. The new system offers the following enhancements:

• Automated speech recognition so that callers can press telephone keys or make their choices using their voice.
• Tax Preparer shortcut menu allowing access to multiple accounts without needing to log in and out multiple times.
• Check real time account balance.
• Check payment history and estimated payments including pending payments.
• Check refund status and whether or not the IRS has levied a portion of the refund.
• Ability to make payments by credit card (Individual Accounts only) or ACH for all account types.
• Request a payment plan.
• Request tax forms.
• Variable seasonal menus based on time of year and most popular choices.

Call RITA at 1-800-860-7482.

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TRASH REMINDER

Yard waste and building materials are not permitted in regular trash carts. Please use yard waste carts for grass, brush and branch, and garden waste. Residents can contract with private haulers to dispose of building materials or can take these items to area landfills for a charge.

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BULK ITEM PICK-UP DAY CHANGE

Waste Management will pick up bulk items on Wednesday, our regular trash day. Please set out on Tuesday night for Wednesday pick-up. Residents will no longer need to call City offices or Waste Management to schedule a pick-up.

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City to Issue Refunds for 2016 as a Result of Reduced Tax Credit

The City of Rossford passed Ordinance No. 2015-62 to reduce the income tax credit for taxes paid by residents to other municipalities effective January 1, 2016. This ordinance is subject to a referendum that will appear on the ballot in the November election. In the interim, the City, through its tax collection agent RITA, is preparing to issue refunds to those taxpayers who have made tax payments for tax year 2016 as a result of the reduced tax credit.

Click here to read full letter and instructions on how to obtain refund.

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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the City of Rossford Checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com

ROSSFORD – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the City of Rossford online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com.  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet.  OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for a second year in a row.

2016-07-07 City of Rossford joins OhioCheckbook.comThe Ohio Treasurer’s office was joined at today’s announcement by Rossford City Mayor Neil MacKinnon III, Councilman Robert Ruse, Finance Director Karen Freeman, City Administrator Michael Scott and Planning Commission Member Thomas Uhler.  The City of Rossford is the first city in Wood County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com.

Rossford’s online checkbook includes over 20,000 individual transactions that represent more than $22 million of total spending over the past four years.

“I believe the people of Wood County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with my office to post the finances on OhioCheckbook.com,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”

OhioCheckbook.com offers our taxpayers a unique way to view spending for the City of Rossford,” said Mayor Neil MacKinnon III.  “We are excited to implement the site and further communicate the importance of transparency to our residents.”

On April 7, 2015 Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com and extending an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments.  These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts.

A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for OhioCheckbook.com and local government transparency, including:

  • Ohio Municipal League
  • Ohio Township Association
  • Ohio Association of School Business Officials
  • Buckeye Association of School Administrators
  • County Commissioner Association of Ohio
  • County Auditor Association of Ohio
  • Ohio Newspaper Association
  • Ohio Society of CPAs
  • Buckeye Institute
  • Common Cause Ohio

OhioCheckbook.com2016-07-07 Rossford joins OhioCheckbook.com was launched on December 2, 2014, marking the first time in Ohio history when citizens could actually see every expenditure in state government.  Since its launch, OhioCheckbook.com has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of July 5, 2016 there have been more than 566,000 total searches on the site.

OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $529 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 146 million transactions.  The website includes cutting-edge features such as:

  • “Google-style” contextual search capabilities, to allow users to sort by keyword, department, category or vendor;
  • Fully dynamic interactive charts to drill down on state spending;
  • Functionality to compare state spending year-over-year or among agencies; and,
  • Capability to share charts or checks with social media networks, and direct contact for agency fiscal offices.

In March 2015, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for providing online access to government spending data.  Ohio was prominently featured in the report after climbing from 46th to 1st in spending transparency as a result of Treasurer Mandel’s release of OhioCheckbook.com.  Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.

In April 2016, U.S. PIRG announced that Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year in a row.  Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, Ohio again received the highest perfect score of 100 points this year – marking the second time in two years Ohio received the highest possible score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.

The Treasurer’s office is partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format.  “Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale. We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov.

For more information or to view your local government website, visit the Local Government option on OhioCheckbook.com or click on Rossford.OhioCheckbook.com.

 

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NAI HARMON GROUP TO DEVELOP WOOD COUNTY’S NEWEST CLASS “A” BUSINESS PARK

Harmon Business Park Rendering

NAI Harmon Group announced their plans to purchase an 87-acre piece of land from the carpenter’s union at the Wood County Economic Development meeting. Harmon is pleased to announce the development of a Class “A” business park, the Harmon Business Park, located within Crossroads property.

“I believe this is the anchor the City of Rossford and Wood County needs to redevelop The Crossroads,” Neil MacKinnon, Mayor of Rossford.

NAI Harmon Group is excited about partnering with the City of Rossford and Wood County to accomplish this project. Harmon is working alongside the City of Rossford to address road, water and sewer infrastructure needs and zoning changes that will allow the area to expand now and in the future.

“This new business park and facilities will be designed to meet the demands that we are seeing in the market today,” said Ed Harmon, President of the NAI Harmon Group.

The Harmon Business Park sits perfectly alongside I-75, 795, and the Ohio Turnpike to attract warehouse/distribution and light manufacturing users. Also, the park will be within an existing TARTA route that will make it easier for employees to access their new jobs.

“I have been meeting with 7 possible users for the Harmon Business park and I look forward to developing the property,” Stephanie Kuhlman, Sr. Development Agent for NAI Harmon Group.

NAI Harmon Group is looking to attract at least 10 end users, totaling hundreds of new jobs for the area in the coming years. The first tenant to the park is slated to break ground in Q3 2016. The
entire investment is projected to cost over $75 million upon completion.

“I am committed to developing this project to the fullest and believe we must create jobs and opportunities to build a strong central metro area,” said Ed Harmon.

Harmon Business Park Site Plan

NAI HARMON GROUP

NAI Harmon Group is Northwest Ohio’s only full service commercial real estate firm. They offer full commercial real estate services including marketing, warehousing, logistics, construction, property management and more. NAI Harmon group was founded in March of 2016, upon the former Industrial Developers Limited affiliating with the NAI Global real estate network. The Harmon Group is new to NAI Global but not new to Northwest Ohio and commercial real estate. Collectively, the team has over 120 years in commercial real estate experience. The managing partners currently own and operate over 8 million sq. ft. of real estate holdings, valued at over $250 million, and the agents have completed over $300 million in real estate transactions for our clients. NAI Harmon Group prides itself on providing a high level of experience and a diverse range of services available to our clients. The team aim to exceed your expectations, building a relationship based on trust with a common goal of long-term success in mind, not just the next transaction. The leadership and values are focused on this goal for each client and community, and they invest their time and talent toward that purpose. NAI Harmon group strives to be the best and only full-service commercial real estate firm in Northwest Ohio.

“We feel we can make a difference in the Northwest Ohio” Ed Harmon, Owner & Northwest Ohio Businessman

Rossford Recognized as a Tree City USA

The City of Rossford was recognized as a Tree City USA today in the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony hosted by the Village of West Unity and their Tree Commission. This is the 19th time our community has been honored with this nationally recognized award.

The awards were presented to the Tree City USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. Andrea Torrice, Cincinnati native and award-winning documentary filmmaker, was the keynote speaker. She shared the story of what led to her latest film, Trees in Trouble followed by the Northwest Ohio premier of the work. Trees in Trouble chronicles the pressures facing the country’s trees and community forests and the impacts on society as a whole. The film will be broadcast on PBS stations nation-wide the week of Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, one of America’s oldest, official holidays.

The title of “Tree City USA” was bestowed upon our community for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive street tree management program. The program is guided by the Tree Commission and the municipal government.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry acts as a guiding hand in helping a community to become qualified as a Tree City USA. The Urban Forester recommends a community to the Arbor Day Foundation for this standing. In order to achieve the title and the honors, a community must meet four standards: a Tree Ordinance; an active Tree Commission or forestry department; a comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita; and an annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance.

The state of Ohio currently boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total this past year of 250. This marks Ohio’s 39th year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry. 55 Northwest Ohio’s communities are Tree Cities. This region also boasts one Tree Campus USA (Ohio Northern University) and one Tree Line USA (FirstEnergy). All were recognized for their achievements at the awards ceremony.

For additional information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org.

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