County Treasurers of Ohio's 88 counties have traditionally served as the local tax collector. However, we do much more than just collect taxes. The Treasurer serves as the County's Chief Investment Officer, administrator of Delinquent Tax Collection programs and the keeper of Property Tax Escrow accounts.
With the investment of approximately $60 million in county funds, earning about $2.5 million in interest a year, we help fund local schools, municipalities, and county services. We help return state unclaimed funds to Wayne County residents. We constantly strive to use our investment, cash management, and financial planning strategies to improve service to the taxpayers and citizens of Wayne County.
Treasurer's Role and Responsibilities
County Treasurers, who are elected to four year terms, serve as the County banker, safe keeper of all taxes and investor of local funds. The responsibilities of County Treasurers include:
- Collection of local taxes, particularly the real property and personal property taxes. They also are responsible for taxes on manufactured homes, inheritance, hotel-motel and special assessments.
- Safe keeping of taxes collected in tax districts for the Schools, City of Wooster, City of Rittman, City of Orrville, the 16 Townships and 12 Villages.
- Chief County Investment Officer who oversees the County's portfolio and provides to the County Investment Board financial data, investment instruments, forecasting and interest rate schedules.
- Prepares daily and monthly statements of deposits into the County Treasury.
- As a member of the County Board of Revisions oversees complaints of property owners who feel their property taxes are too high.
- As a member of the County Budget Commission takes an active role in approving the level of spending for the cities, townships, and schools.