October 22, 2014

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Tax appeal goes to Ohio Supreme Court

A tax appeal filed by three local cities and a township in 2003 will go before the Ohio Supreme Court in November.

Amherst Township and the cities of North Ridgeville, Elyria and Avon Lake initially banded together in 2003 to appeal a settlement received by the city of Lorain after it challenged the state’s formula for distributing local government funds.

Lorain was granted a $500,000 lump sum payment and its annual share of local government funds was increased from just under 17 percent to a little more than 20 percent as part of the settlement, about a $600,000 increase annually.

Amherst Township, Avon Lake, Elyria and North Ridgeville each lost money under the settlement and contended that the settlement was unfair and illegal because it penalized entities that had not been named in the initial appeal.

The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the appeal on Nov. 6.

“This could mean several thousands of dollars to each of these cities,” said North Ridgeville Mayor David Gillock.