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Every year, many Franklin County property owners are confronted with financial hardships that affect their ability to pay their annual real-estate taxes. The STAR Program is being created to help county residents stabilize their situations and avoid tax foreclosure, resulting in stronger households, neighborhoods and communities.

Please visit our STAR Program website for more information about the program.

The Starfish Retention Fund has been created with the assistance of the Columbus Foundation to serve Franklin County taxpayers who have been approved for financial and other support as part of the STAR Program. Donations to the Starfish Retention Fund are tax-deductible.

Please visit our page at the Columbus Foundation website to donate to the Starfish Retention Fund.

If you would like more information about the STAR Program, please email MiKayla Bivens, Director of Rentention Services for the Franklin County Treasurer's Office, at