September 20, 2014

Elyria
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After glitch, county’s tax bills go out late

ELYRIA — If you live in Elyria and your last name begins with B, C or D, double-check your mail, because you may not have gotten your property tax bill.
The same goes if you live in Vermilion, no matter what your last name is, because a glitch in the computer program that generates the county’s property tax bill may have resulted in your bill not being sent out.
County Treasurer Dan Talarek said his office has received about 1,000 calls from people who haven’t received their bills yet after he placed ads in local newspapers telling residents about the problem.
This is the third time Talarek’s office has used the software to generate the twice yearly bills, but it’s the first time there’s been a problem.
“Last time we sent out 150,000 bills and everything worked perfectly,” he said. “This time, 1,000 didn’t get out.”
Talarek’s staff is still working to fix the problem, but in the meantime, the Friday deadline for 137,000 homeowners to get their checks in the mail is looming. As long as the bill is postmarked or dropped off at his office by Friday, Talarek said residents won’t have a problem, but state law doesn’t allow exemptions to late fees for not getting a tax bill.
Still Talarek said he’s willing to be a little more lenient because of the problems.
“We will be as fair as possible,” he said. “We’re not heartless.”
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.