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Lake County Auditor’s Office announces distribution of $6.668M in additional COVID-19 aid
Lake County Auditor Christopher Galloway announced this week that the county has distributed $6.668 million in additional COVID-19 aid authorized by Ohio House Bill 481 and provided for by the
We are proud of our newest member of our team, Pam Phillips. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the office as a prior professor of economics and finance from Notre Dame College and holds an ABD in International Finance, an MBA in Business Economics and a BBA in Business Economics. In addition to all of these great achievements she is also entering her first season as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for Fairmont State University. Below is an interview she recently about coaching men's basketball. The Lake County Auditor's office shares the sentiment with Pam that giving hope while doing what we love to do is an awesome by-product of our jobs, whether it be on or off the court.
Named Fighting Falcons Men's Basketball Assistant Coach
Lake County Auditor’s Office distributes second half tax settlement
Lake County Auditor Christopher A. Galloway recently announced that his office has distributed a total of $84,954,186 to local governments and school districts as part of the second half settlement
Auditor Galloway's remarks at the August 19th HB6 press conference.
Auditor Galloway joined the six county commissioners of Lake and Ottowa Counties in discussing the status of HB6. Auditor Galloway spoke to the economic impact a plant closure would have.
Auditor Galloway provided detailed information on the economic impact of closing Perry Nuclear Power Plant.
After a federal bankruptcy judge refused to allow a former FirstEnergy Solutions law firm to collect $68 million in fees, Lake and Ottawa county commissioners gathered to plead for lawmakers to continue subsidizing Ohio's nuclear plants.
The Lake County Auditor and Engineer have set the date, time, and place for a public hearing to consider the proposed revisions to the Lake County Transfer and Conveyance Standards.
Changes to the Transfer and Conveyance Standards will update a previous version. The changes and additions will also define clearer procedures for reviewing documents that will be transferred and recorded.
The Hearings will be held on Friday, September 11 at 10:00 AM and Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00 AM in the Assembly Room in Lake County Administration Building, 105 Main Street, Suite C004, Painesville, OH 44077.
Changes to the Lake County Transfer and Conveyance Standards may be viewed at the Lake County Auditor’s Office 105 Main St, Suite C101, Painesville OH, 44077, the Lake County Tax Map Department 105 Main St, Suite B302, Painesville OH, 44077 and the Lake County Auditor’s website: https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/auditor/.
Any questions regarding the Public Hearing should be addressed to the Lake County Auditor’s Office 105 Main St, Suite C101, Painesville OH, 44077, by telephone at (440) 350-2619 or email: [email protected].
BY ORDER OF THE LAKE COUNTY AUDITOR AND ENGINEER, IN AND FOR LAKE COUNTY, OHIO.
Christopher A. Galloway, Lake County Auditor
James R. Gills, P.E., P.S., Lake County Engineer
Publish: News Herald August 28, 2020 and September 4, 2020 and posted on the Lake County Auditor’s website
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LAKE DATA BOARD Special Meeting 7/31/2020
Painesville, OH – The Lake County Data Board will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 9:30AM, for the purpose of an executive session to consider employment, dismissal and compensation of employee(s).
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and required social distancing rules, this meeting will be held by WebEx. To ensure compliance with Ohio sunshine laws and HB197, the public can listen to this meeting via phone at:
Access code: 152 890 5956
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Data Board is Wednesday, August 12 at 9:30AM.
"I'm very proud of our team. Not only do our employees do great work for the citizens of Lake County, they give back too. I'm proud to be associated with such a generous group of people."
- Auditor Galloway
Auditor Chris Galloway said in a statement that the new Ohio-Checkbook.gov is a “robust platform that will be an even more useful tool for taxpayers to track public spending at both the state and local levels.”
Ohio state officials have unveiled OhioCheckbook.gov, a new transparency website that combines a previous local government spending data site with state spending data.
The Lake County Auditor's Office will be working closely with our local jurisdictions to ensure CARES Act funds are properly distributed and accounted for under state and federal guidelines.
Lake County Auditor Christopher Galloway this week announced that the county has received $13.336 million in COVID-19 aid authorized by Ohio House Bill 481.
Happy Birthday America.
Auditor Christopher Galloway is grilling for the Auditor’s Office staff to celebrate Independence Day. Happy Fourth to everyone!
The Auditor's Office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 in observance of the 4th of July holiday. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 6, 2020. Enjoy the weekend!
The Auditor's Office is tasked with implementing the STABLE accounts on behalf of the commissioners.
"Public leadership is about constructively applying a vision that positively impacts people and Treasurer Sprague has done just that. He is finding a creative way to impact the lives of thousands of Ohioans who deserve every opportunity to share in our society's success.” -Auditor Galloway
Lake County recently became the first county to partner with the Ohio Treasurer’s office to provide an option making it easier for county employees and their families to take advantage
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Hazardous Waste Collection, June 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Lake County Fairgrounds, 1301 Mentor Ave., enter this entrance only.
All items must be in the trunk area of the vehicle or in a trailer or will not be accepted. Full details at http://bit.ly/Lake2020
Our offices were advised by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to vacate and close our offices at 12:30 due to a planned protest in the city. We apologize for any inconvenience and we should resume normal business hours tomorrow. Stay safe, stay home.
Did you know your Lake County Weights and Measures team tests more than gas pumps and grocery scales? Yesterday they were hard at work in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, checking fuel trucks - like this propane truck.
GIS BOARD Meeting via WebEx
Painesville, OH – The Lake County GIS Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 27th at 10AM is being held via WebEx and because of the county administration building being closed to the public, the public can listen to the meeting live at 10 by calling:
Access code: 954 415 450
“Great news. I was on a call with the Governor this morning and he indicated there should be no reason farmers markets can't proceed as scheduled - with some minor modifications. It's time to get ALL our businesses open.” - Auditor Galloway
The City of Mentor announced that the Mentor Farmers Market will open as scheduled on June 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Garfield Park, 7967 Mentor Ave.
LAKE DATA BOARD Meeting 5/13/2020
Painesville, OH – The Lake County Data Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th at 9:30AM will occur as scheduled. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and required social distancing rules, this meeting will be held by WebEx. To ensure compliance with Ohio sunshine laws and HB197, the public can listen to this meeting via phone at:
Access code: 141 310 426
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Data Board is Wednesday, June 10th at 9:30AM.
Board of Revision Meeting
GIS BOARD Meeting Cancellation
Painesville, OH – The Lake County GIS Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 29th at 10AM has been cancelled.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the GIS Board is Wednesday, May 27th at 10AM. Due to the continuing pandemic, this meeting could also be cancelled at a later date.
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"Though the cancellation is a difficult decision, we believe it is very important to provide (safe) opportunities for residents to properly dispose tires and electronics," from the News-Herald article.
The Board of Revision will meet on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 11:30 am. The panel will consist of Auditor Christopher A Galloway, Treasurer Lorraine Fende, and Commission Jerry Cirino.
Due to the closure of the county building to the public, the Auditor’s office will be providing two opportunities for the public to access the meeting. The first is via phone at 1.650.215.5226. Access Code 143 657 519; the second is via Facebook Live right here on the Auditor’s page: https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyAuditor
We are working on plans to be able to hold hearings for individuals who filed a complaint against the value of their properties. If you have any questions regarding your complaint please don't hesitate to contact our office. 440-350-2221.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAKE DATA BOARD Meeting Cancellation
Painesville, OH – The Lake County Data Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 8th at 9:30AM has been cancelled.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Data Board is Wednesday, May 13th at 9:30AM. Due to the continuing pandemic, this meeting could also be cancelled or rescheduled at a later date.
For our land professional and title company clients now accessing the Recorders records room. The Auditor’s office remains closed to the public. Continue to use the dropbox for processing transfers. Thank you.
We are pleased to be able to return much needed funds to our schools and municipalities.
Lake County Auditor Christopher A. Galloway announced this week that his office will be returning $811,302.68 to local governments and school districts.
Lake County Auditor Christopher A. Galloway announced today that his office will be returning $811,302.68 to local governments and school districts this week. The monies will be distributed from the Auditor’s Real Estate Assessment (REA) Fund.
“After a careful review of expenditures and careful planning for the next three years, I believe we have more than enough budgeted to be able to handle our statutorily required duties. As such, I am pleased to announce that we will be returning funds to local governments and school districts throughout Lake County,” Galloway announced. “We don’t need it – they do. Therefore, I am doing the fiscally responsible thing and returning funds,” he added.
The money will come from the REA Fund, generated annually from a small percentage of the County’s total real estate tax collections. It is specifically designated by state law to be used by the Auditor for mapping, real estate valuation and appraisal functions.
The return of monies is pro-rated to each community, school district and taxing entity on the basis of their proportional REA percentage of annual property taxes collected over the past eight years. School districts will be the biggest benefactor. Among the largest payments will be to Mentor E.V.S.D. for $144,011.31 and $145,569.56 to Willoughby-Eastlake School District.
“By reducing overhead costs, and implementing new technologies we are able to reduce the cost of the county-wide revaluation process and in turn return these monies to where they can be used directly for the betterment of the community. In addition, we made it a priority to return funds now during this COVID-19 public health crisis to provide needed resources to the local governments and school districts. Every bit helps,” Galloway said.
“I appreciate Auditor Galloway and his staff being pro-active and finding ways to best serve our residents. There is no better way than returning tax dollars,” said Mentor Councilman Scott Marn upon hearing of the additional funding.
This is the first time since 2012 that the Lake County Auditor has refunded monies to local entities from the REA Fund. Christopher A. Galloway was appointed Lake County Auditor on April 1, 2019.
Please be advised that as of Noon today, March 17, the Lake County Commissioners have decided to close the offices to the public for an indeterminate amount of time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of the staff and the public is our highest priority. We will be posting future business practices shortly on our website and on our page. We will have a few employees in the office to handle phone calls and email. Please stay safe and healthy.
Dogs are in the clear on COVID-19
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With so many of our offices moving between buildings and new construction, here is a map to help you locate the county offices located in Downtown Painesville.
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Did you know that North East Ohio is in the top 5 for maple syrup producers? NE Ohio is a major commercial producer of maple sugar due to our prime weather conditions. How cool is that?
With that being said, we have a few of our own maple syrup producers right here in Lake County!
Each year in February the Ohio maple industry begins the process of tapping area maple trees for their sap. Tapping a tree consists of drilling a small hole in the trunk of a sugar maple and inserting a spout. Then attaching a bucket or plastic tubing to the spout where the sap is collected.
The weather plays a big part in the type of maple harvest there will be. Cold freezing nights and warm sunny days help the sap in the trees to thaw. As sap pressure builds up in the tree the sap finds its way out. By tapping the tree, the sap has an outlet. The sap is then boiled to remove the excess water. It takes approximately 40 to 50 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.
Depending on the weather, the maple sugaring season lasts from mid-February through the first part of April.
Got cabin fever? Try a few of these cool outings to see the maple syrup process and get to sample or purchase of few (or a lot!) of this sweet treat.
-Maple Sugaring Weekends at Lake Metro Parks Farmpark
Visitors take a wagon ride to the Woodland Center to witness the maple production process as sap is collected from our network of tubing and 1,000 taps! After collection, watch as the sap is boiled and turned into maple syrup and candy. Discover how trees are tapped and see the tubing that connects the taps. Sample maple syrup and candy, make a maple craft, help gather sap and learn how to make maple syrup in your own backyard! Pancakes served all day in the café ($7 ages 12 and older; $4 ages 2 to 11). Farmpark’s own maple syrup and candy will be for sale.
When: Saturdays & Sundays, March 7-8 & 14-15, 2020; 9am-5pm
Where: 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
Cost: Regular Farmpark admission/membership applies.
-Maple Sugaring Pairing Dinner at Lake Metro Parks Farmpark
One of the first signs of spring is the sap running in the maple trees. Join us for an evening of good wine, food and maple sugaring. Take a tour of our sugar bush and learn how maple syrup is made on the professional and backyard level from a Farmpark maple sugaring specialist. Then, enjoy a delicious meal prepared by J&J Catering with wine pairing by Debonné Vineyards! This event is for adults 21 and older only. Menu includes mixed greens with maple dijon vinaigrette, maple bourbon glazed chicken over green beans and roasted sweet potatoes followed by a delicious dessert.
When: March 6, 2020 5:30
pm to 9:30 pm
Where: 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
Cost: $45 (must register on website)
Our neighboring County of Geauga is holding their Tappin' Sunday at the Geauga County Maple Festival Sugarhouse. This FREE event is on Sunday March 1, 2020.
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