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 Welcome

My name is Ron Hagan and I became your Franklin County Treasurer on September 26, 2016, as a result of past treasurer, Ed Leonard, becoming Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections.  I will remain Treasurer until Cheryl Brooks Sullivan takes the Treasurer’s position in September, 2017.  My plan during this time frame is simple, to continue running the office honestly and efficiently as it has, implementing projects which began earlier this year.  Efficiency and customer service are always top priorities, which is why the Treasurer's interactive website is designed to offer you a variety of options to best suit your business or personal needs.

Please take a look around the website and I welcome your comments or suggestions on how we can better serve you. Click here to learn more about the office. Thank you for visiting and come back soon.

 

 

Start of Tax Year

Each year the Treasurer’s office works hard to provide Franklin County property owners their tax bill as quickly as possible. As the anticipated January 20, 2017 due date approaches for the next real estate tax bill we want you to be informed about when to expect those bills and the options available to submit your payment. 

 How you get your tax bill:

Step 1: Registered voters casted their ballots on levies and bond issues on Election Day.

Step 2: County Boards of Election certify the election results (this usually happens about 3 weeks after Election Day)

               Because Franklin County has many school districts, Townships, Villages, and Municipalities that serve our residents and overlap into other Counties – this must be completed for all neighboring Counties as well. 

Step 3: The County Auditor calculates tax rates and valuation data and submits all of this to the State of Ohio Department of Taxation 

Step 4: The Ohio Department of Taxation certifies the tax rates and reductions and send those approved numbers to the County Auditor 

Step 5: The County Auditor calculates taxes for each of Franklin County’s more than four hundred and twenty thousand parcels and sends this information to the Treasurer 

Step 6: The Treasurer verifies all of the information received. This information is then separated and mortgage companies, paying nearly half of all tax bills, receive files and access to tax bill copies. All paper bills that we are required to mail are printed on high speed efficient printing machines, stuffed in envelopes, and sent to the United States Postal Service to be mailed to taxpayers.

               Moved recently? Don’t forget to change your billing address here: https://treasurer.franklincountyohio.gov/about-taxes/address-change  

As soon as we are able to provide a verified tax bill, we will also place a convenient copy of your bill on the property search section of our website.

New Levies and Bonds:

Voters in Franklin County overwhelmingly passed all school levies and bond issues that were on the ballot on November 8th. For property owners that escrow with the Treasurer’s office or those attempting to budget your next tax bill please consider that where these have passed, the rate including any new levy or bond will be added to your next tax bill that will be due January of 2017.

  • This includes school levies for Columbus City School District, Hilliard School District, Bexley School District, Licking Heights School District, and a replacement levy in the Westerville School District.

  • Other Levies and bond issues for community improvements, police, fire, libraries, and parks will also update rates in several taxing districts.

 

Note: properties where mortgage companies escrow taxes, those firms often do an annual escrow analysis annually and any impact to these rate changes could impact monthly mortgage payments later in the year.

 How can you pay your bill: 

  • Online: Free of charge if paid by E-Check

      • Additional credit card options are available (we do have to pass fees for cards along to taxpayers).

  • Heartland Bank: Once Step 6 above is completed, and through the due date, you can pay by check at any central Ohio Heartland Bank branch location

      • Please bring a copy of your bill

      • Cash not accepted

  • By mail: You can mail your check to our office

      • Include a bill stub for each parcel you are paying

      • Most payments will be sent to our lockbox location in Cincinnati where high efficiency machines process mail with great accuracy

      • It is also OK to mail payments directly to the Treasurer’s office

  • In person: The Treasurer’s office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and can accept cash, checks, and money orders

      • Expect longer wait times the end of the year and the due date as we assist many taxpayers on those days

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Franklin County Treasurer's Office
373 S High St, 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6306
  • (614) 525-3438
  • (614) 221-8124
  • Open 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Mon - Fri
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  • Office Closed
    • Christmas Day
      Monday, December 26, 2016
    • New Year's Day
      Monday, January 2, 2017
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
      Monday, January 16, 2017

Important Dates

  • January 20, 2017 First-Half 2016 Real Estate Collection
  • June 20, 2017 Second-Half 2016 Real Estate Collection
  • March 1, 2017 First-Half 2017 Manufactured Home Tax
  • August 1, 2017 Second-Half 2017 Manufactured Home Tax