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Welcome to the Lake County Treasurer’s Office

THE LAKE COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. TAXPAYERS CAN CONTINUE USING THE EXISTING DROP BOX AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO COMING IN, NO CASH IN THERE PLEASE.

OFFICE HOURS

8 AM – 4:30 PM MONDAY – FRIDAY

THE DRIVE THRU IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

DRIVE THRU WILL RE-OPEN FOR FIRST HALF COLLECTION JANUARY 2022

Real Estate taxes can be paid by Credit Card (Fee Applies), E-Check ($1.50 fee applies if under $10,000). https://client.pointandpay.net/web/LakeCountyTreasurerOH or by Mail, Drop Box, Drive Thru, Auto Pay.

Michael Zuren

Treasurer

Dear Taxpayer and Resident,

I would like to explain some of the duties of the County Treasurer.

In County finance, responsibility for the financial decision making is divided between the Auditor and the Treasurer. The Auditor is the Chief accountant responsible for executing transactions and maintaining financial and budgetary records. The Treasurer is the cash manager functioning in a manner similar to a banker. This system of checks and balances streamlines operations. Good communication between the offices of Treasurer and Auditor is essential in order to properly process the workload.

As cash manager the Treasurer collects all cash received by the County and makes all deposits. The Auditor makes expenditures by the issuance of County warrants (like checks) and the Treasurer redeems those warrants as they are presented by the bank.

The Treasurer and the Auditor’s office reconcile on a daily basis to make sure all records are in agreement. That is the check and balance for your tax dollars. We balance to the penny every day.

If you have any problems or questions concerning the Treasurer’s Office, please do not hesitate to call from Painesville (440)350-2516, from Madison 428-4348, from West End and Cleveland 918-2516; FAX (440) 350-2623, send E-Mail or visit us personally at the County Administration Building (105 Main St, Painesville, Ohio 44077). 

Sincerely,

Michael Zuren
Treasurer

The Treasurer’s Responsibilities

Who Is Your County Treasurer?

County treasurers in all of Ohio’s 88 counties have traditionally served as the local tax collector. However, tighter budgets and increasing demands at the local level have changed the face of the position of County Treasurer and increased expectations for this important occupation.

Today’s Treasurer serves as the County’s Chief Investment Officer, the Administrator of sophisticated delinquent tax collection programs and the keeper of property tax escrow accounts. As a result, those that hold this position must be individuals who are highly trained in investment, cash management and financial planning strategies to properly manage and safeguard local funds.

Increasing Responsibilities, Greater Challenges

As local budgets have grown tighter and school districts face mounting financial challenges, the responsibilities of County Treasurers have multiplied. County Treasurers face growing pressures from local districts to expedite the tax collection process and increase efforts to collect on delinquent taxes. In essence, the faster the Treasurer collects and accounts for revenue, the faster the districts receive the funds.

In addition, in many counties the dollars earned from the investments are a major source of revenue for the County General Fund. County Treasurers in the smallest counties are responsible for investment porfolios in the $3 to 5 million range, and more than $300 million in the largest counties. This represents an increase of 100 to 500 percent over portfolio sizes just 10 years age. As a result, County Treasurers are continually balancing the security of investments with pressures from County Commissioners and School Board Members to maximize the return on the investments.

Comparison figures of Brown (small county), Wood (medium county), Lake (medium county), Cuyahoga (large county):

 Cash FlowInvestment IncomeAmount of Bond
Brown$ 10,975,000.00$ 250,000.00$ 10,000.00
Wood$ 254,138,000.00$ 1,528,000.00$ 100,000.00
Lake$ 270,000,000.00$ 5,700,000.00$ 200,000.00
Cuyahoga$ 2,300,000,000.00$ 28,000,000.00$ 2,000,000.00

In 1996, the Ohio General Assembly raised the levels of accountability and qualifications for County Treasurers. Senate Bill 81 increased exponentially the mandatory financial reporting, as well as quarterly and yearly reports of all transactions and investment activities.

In addition, the legislation requires mandatory continuing education courses for all County Treasurers, including 26 hours to be completed by a new Treasurer upon taking office and 13 hours each year following. These standards are similar to continuing education requirements for professional groups such as attorneys and accountants. Ohio is one of only a handful of states that require this level of continuing education for its County Treasurers.

The Future

The future promises to present local governments and school districts with even greater budget challenges. Therefore, it is critical that Ohio be able to recruit the top candidates for County Treasurer positions. In addition, Ohio must recognize the considerable responsibilities and increasing expectations that present County Treasurers in all 88 counties face each day.

Counties must be able to offer salaries that are competitive with similar positions in both the public and private sector to encourage accountable, highly skilled financial experts to consider being candidates for County Treasurer positions statewide. Treasurers are the individuals Ohioans entrust to invest and manage local funds. Only the most experienced and qualified individuals can meet the upcoming challenges facing tomorrow’s County Treasurers.

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NameJob TitlePhoneEmail
Blanock, Dave440-350-2519[email protected]
Cottrell, Bernadette440-350-2476[email protected]
Falkenberg, Sherri440-350-2540[email protected]
Gumm, Lori440-350-2477[email protected]
Nolen, Sally440-350-2515[email protected]
Payne, Joyce440-350-2518[email protected]
Potter, Karen440-350-2473[email protected]
Zuren, Michael440-350-2480[email protected]
What is the Automatic Payment Plan?

It is an automatic method of paying your real estate tax bill. It is similar to direct deposit of social security checks or payroll checks, except the APP pays your real estate tax bill by debiting your checking or savings account.

Will it cost me anything to sign up for this payment service?

No. There is no charge for this service to the taxpayer.

What are the benefits of paying with the APP?

It is a convenient, easy way to pay your tax bill without taking the time or trouble to write and record a personal check, find an envelope and stamp, and mail the payment. It is an automatic way to pay your bill when you are out of town.

I am currently participating in another payment service program, can I continue to use this other service to pay my real estate tax bill?

No. You will need to cancel that service and complete the attached authorization form.

How do I sign-up?

Complete the attached Authorization Agreement Form. If bills are going to be paid out of your checking account, attach a voided check. Mail completed form to: Lake County Treasurer’s Office, Attn: David Blanock 105 Main Street Painesville, OH 44077-0490

How will I be notified of my bill amount and when my checking or savings account will be automatically debited?

After you return the authorization form to the Lake County Treasurer’s Office and your banking information is confirmed accurate, you will be notified by mail. The message on your bill will read: “NOTICE: THIS BILL IS PROVIDED FOR YOUR RECORDS AND REQUIRES NO PAYMENT. A CHARGE OF (Amt due) WILL BE SENT TO YOUR BANK ON (The Due Date).”

If I have a credit on my account, will I be reimbursed through the APP?

No. The Credit will be applied to your real estate taxes on future billings. If you have a large credit that will take time to be absorbed through future billings, call a Lake County Treasurer’s Office representative for a possible refund. The message on your bill will read: “NOTICE: THIS BILL IS PROVIDED FOR YOUR RECORDS AND REQUIRES NO PAYMENT. YOUR ACCOUNT HAS A CREDIT BALANCE. NO CHARGE WILL BE SENT TO YOUR – BANK.”

How will I know that my bill has been paid?

Your real estate tax payment will be reflected as a separate item on your checking or savings account statement.

Who do I contact if I disagree with the amount of my real estate tax bill and wish to put a hold on the APP until further research?

Call Lake County Treasurer’s Office at (440)350-2519, (440)918-2519 or (440)298-3334 Ext. 2519 no later than five days prior to the due date. A billing representative will assist you. Let the clerk know you are on the APP and would like to put a hold on the payment.

If I am moving and or selling my home, will my Final Bill be paid through the APP service?

No “Final Bills” will be considered in the APP. This will avoid problems that arise when a bank account has been closed prior to the due date or duplicate payments are made by the Title Company or customer.

If you are selling your home and wish to continue the APP service for payment on your taxes for your new home, a new authorization agreement form would need to be completed.

What happens if I change banks or close my account?

As soon as you know that you will be changing or closing your account, contact the Lake county Treasurer’s Office. If you wish to continue paying by the APP, an authorization form for your new bank account must be completed.

Can I continue the APP service if the funds are not on deposit in my account on the designated day the APP is executed?

The service for APP will be terminated effective when the funds become insufficient. The customer will be liable for any expenses incurred by the Lake County Treasurer’s Office. 

 

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