Mistake means higher tax bills for 145K Cleveland-area residents

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A mistake made by Cuyahoga County has resulted in slightly higher first-half tax bills for those who own property inside the Cleveland Municipal School District.

A county spokeswoman said on Wednesday the difference for the typical homeowner is about $4.20. Property owners are being assessed 1 mill on the first-half tax bill instead of the .5-mills approved by voters in November for school maintenance. About 145,000 property owners are affected.

To correct this error, the second half-year tax bill to be sent in June 2015 and due on July 9, 2015 will be adjusted or the property owner will be issued a refund as appropriate, according to a release from the county.

Spokeswoman Emily Lundgard says the county made the error and that it was not caught by the state of Ohio when it certified property tax amounts. Property owners in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can contact the Fiscal Department Call Center at (216) 443-7010 with any questions.