Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Cuyahoga County officials warn against paying third-party vendors when the service is available for free through the county.
If you're looking for assistance in appealing your property valuation, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald warns against using third-party companies. The county offers assistance for free at the County Fiscal Office and the Board of Revision, according to a press release. ValueAppeal, LLC of Seattle and Tax Compliance Services, LLC, a company with a Cleveland mailing address, are two of several companies mailing letters to Cuyahoga County taxpayers indicating the county’s value of their property might be in incorrect and that "the owners could be overpaying by thousands of dollars," the press release states. Some companies offer "a custom or specialized report" for a price, said Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer Wade Steen. "However, the…
Sunday, December 2, 2012
These are a few fugitives the county sheriff's department is looking for
Each week the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department names fugitives wanted in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. View each photo to learn more about each individual. Those with information regarding fugitives should contact the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Tip Line at 216-443-6085.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
We delve into election results to see how Solon residents voted on the presidential, senate and other races down the ballot.
Barack Obama won the national vote and he won in Ohio. He also won in Solon, according to unofficial vote totals from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. While Cuyahoga County is a Democratic stronghold, Republicans needed to perform well in the suburbs to shave off votes from the president's total. While Romney performed better in Solon than he did countywide, he did not do enough. Obama collected 6,983 votes to Romney's 5,935. In addition, Solon residents also chose Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown over GOP challenger Josh Mandel. But Solon did not always go Democratic. David Joyce, the GOP candidate for U.S. Congress to replace Steven LaTourette, was picked by Solon voters over Democrat Dale Blanchard. They also chose state Sen. Tom …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Cuyahoga County mailed new tax values for properties to homeowners on July 25.
Solon homeowners, keep a close eye on your mailbox. You should soon receive information from Cuyahoga County informing you of your home's new tax value. Cuyahoga County mailed the new tax values to owners of more than 500,000 parcels in the county, the Plain Dealer reported on July 25. Also, the Officer of the Auditor has posted the proposed values online. You can find your new, proposed value here. Note that you need to know your parcel number first, which can be found by looking up your property here. Solon home values dropped 3 percent on average in the 2012 county-wide property re-appraisal. Yes, values dropped, but Solon's homes kept their values better than most cities in Cuyahoga County, where values dropped by an average of 9 …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Solon residents can find out their new home value in a searchable database compiled by the Plain Dealer
You won't get an official notice from the auditor's office until next month, but thanks to the Plain Dailer, Solon homeowners can find out today the new value of their homes. The newspaper has created an online database that includes the new home values. Values are changing because of a state-required re-appraisal. Go to the Plain Dealer to search for your home's new value. While values in Cuyahoga County dropped by an average of 9 percent, Solon's homes faired much better. Solon values dropped by an average of 3 percent. Now for the disclaimer, straight from the Plain Dealer: These values are not yet set. Do not call the county to complain or ask questions at this point. Officials are not yet able to answer your questions. Once a final …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Tentative residential property values released by the Cuyahoga County Auditor shows that home values in Solon fell, but not as much as values in most of the county.
Solon home values dropped 3 percent in the 2012 county-wide property re-appraisal, according to the Plain Dealer. Yes, values dropped, but Solon's homes kept their values better than most cities in Cuyahoga County, where values dropped by an average of 9 percent. Only a handful of communities saw home values increase, including nearby Chagrin Falls. The largest drop was an average 33 percent plunge in Maple Heights. Remember, these are only preliminary averages. The Plain Dealer says that the state will review the numbers. Eventually, the county auditor's office will mail out tentative home values to property owners. Until then, you can read the full Plain Dealer report here.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora was found guilty on 33 of 34 counts in an Akron court today. Here is our roundup of the headlines.
Jimmy Dimora is guilty. That's big news in Cuyahoga County, where he was a county commissioner for years. Here's a roundup of stories about today's guilty verdict. See a good story about the Dimora trial or verdict? Tell us in the comments, and leave a link, and we'll add it to the list.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Solon Mayor Susan Drucker said she plans to review the letter from Cuyahoga County with her economic development staff, but said she hasn't seen signs of business poaching in the area
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald wants suburban mayors to sign a deal by the end of the month to stop cities from poaching businesses from each other, according to The Plain Dealer. Solon Mayor Susan Drucker said she has received the letter, but wants to review it with Economic Development Manager Peggy Weil-Dorfman before making a decision. The policy has been discussed by county and suburban officials for a few months. The newspaper reports that the guidelines say trigger notifications and discussions between cities when a company approaches a suburb about moving. Cities are still free to market themselves, but can't pursue specific companies. The Cuyahoga County suburbs that sign on could be eligible to receive cash from a $100 …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Cuyahoga County officials override a state directive
Cuyahoga County plans to again mail out applications for absentee ballots to all voters. That's a big deal for Solon. In the November 2010 election, more than half of all ballots cast were absentee, according to data from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Cuyahoga County Council voted last night to override opposition from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and support County Executive Ed FitzGerald's decision to continue mailing the applications. "We can't go back to the days of long lines and voter confusion," Cuyahoga County Vice President Sunny Simon said in a news release. "Our elections board has implemented key reforms – and they've worked. Our ability to vote is a fundamental right that must come first." Solon voters have …