The Treasurer is the chief investment officer of the county responsible for the management of more than $1 billion in revenue annually. The County's daily investment portfolio averages over $625 million, which increases to over $1 billion during peak tax collection periods. Cash flow is managed on a daily basis and investments are made to ensure funds are available to meet the needs of the county. Eligible investments include government backed securities, collateralized certificate of deposits and other safe instruments as provided for in Section 135 of the Ohio Revised Code and the Treasurer's Investment Policy. Safety, liquidity and earning a market rate of return on the county's money are primary responsibilities of the Treasurer.
The Treasurer is also the cash manager for the county, acting much like a banker. As cash manager, the Treasurer collects all payments received by the county. These receipts are collected in a variety of ways - over the counter by cashiers, through the mail, over the Internet, through other agencies, electronically, in cash or by check. The Treasurer deposits all of this revenue into the county's account. County expenses are paid for by warrants issued by the Auditor's office - the Treasurer redeems the warrants when they are returned through the banking system. The Treasurer keeps track of the balances of transactions and balances daily with the Auditor.
The Treasurer does not determine who will pay what taxes. Instead, the Treasurer accepts payments made to the county and provides real estate and manufactured home tax bills to taxpayers. The collection period for real estate and manufactured home taxes takes place twice a year. The Treasurer also collects Personal Property taxes in April and September each year. Taxpayers who do not pay their taxes in a timely manner are charged interest and penalties. Taxpayers may contest a late-payment penalty by filing a Form 23A in the forms section. The names of taxpayers who are certified delinquent will be published in the newspaper as required by law. They also may be subject to the Treasurer's tax lien certificate sale or even foreclosure. The Franklin County Treasurer's Office offers several payment plan options to help taxpayers meet their tax obligations.
The Treasurer also serves on several boards including the Budget Commission, the Board of Revision, the Investment Advisory Board, the Franklin County Microfilming Board, and the Automatic Data Processing Board.
If you have questions, comments, or require additional information about the Treasury please feel free to call the office at (614)525-3438 or email Treasurer.