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Monroe County Residents: Why Are Your Tax Payments Sent To Ohio?

Bloomington Courthouse

(Barbara Brosher)

Why are Monroe County property taxpayers sending their payments to Fairfield, Ohio?

That’s the question listener Rodger Alexander asked City Limits. He had noticed the address for sending his payment was Monroe County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1209, Fairfield, Ohio, 45018-1209.

Monroe County Treasurer Jessica McClellan told City Limits the answer’s pretty simple and is based on safety and efficiency.

The tax money is going straight into a lockbox at First Financial Bank, which is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fairfield is a suburb of Cincinnati, and First Financial is the bank used by Monroe County.

In the past, the treasurer’s office would send out about 50,000 tax bills, and those payments would get returned to the treasurer’s office in the Monroe County Courthouse.

The checks would arrive in a three-week period and it was difficult for employees and part-time help hired for tax season to keep up. That meant there were envelopes with money in them all over the office.

“We would have millions of dollars in envelopes sitting in bins,” McClellan said.

In November of 2017, McClellan decided to try something different. Office workers bundled up all the bills that came into the office and sent them to the lockbox address.  Everything worked smoothly and taxpayers started sending the checks to the Ohio address last year.

First Financial Bank offers the lockbox service to big customers such as Monroe County government at no charge. The checks sent to Fairfield are deposited into the Monroe County bank account on the same day. The county gets a daily report of activity.

Some taxpayers still pay their bills in the office at the courthouse. McClellan said employees are better able to help those local customers quickly and efficiently because they aren’t overwhelmed by opening the mail and depositing the checks in the bank.

Still, there are taxpayers that don’t like the idea of sending their tax payment off to another state.

“Some people just hate it,” McClellan said. If they do, they can send their payment to the treasurer’s office or just drop it off at the counter.

The deadline for paying the spring installment of property taxes is May 10.

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