Finance Department


The Finance Department is responsible for developing reports, issuing purchase orders, employee payroll and many other financial functions.

The department monitors the annual budget to ensure that expenditures will not exceed the budget, as authorized by Council. As the budget is developed, the Department is called upon by Council to provide a breakdown of costs so Council can decide how to allocate City resources.

Local taxes are processed by the Regional Income Tax Authority (RITA). Forms are available at the Finance Department; the income tax rate in Garfield Heights is 2% with a 100% credit (up to 2%).

2014 Finance Committee Budget Hearing Schedule

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Assistance for Delinquent Property Taxes 

Assistance is available for people unable to pay their property taxes through the Restoring Stability: Save the Dream Ohio Initiative. It is necessary that homeowners have a valid hardship issue to qualify for the program, which is being administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. 

For information or registration, visit www.savethedream.ohio.gov or call 888-404-4674. 

 

RITA Taxpayer Assistance Day

The Regional Income Tax Agency will be providing on site tax form assistance regionally throughout Ohio at the following locations and times listed below.  The programs are intended to provide tax form assistance with the 2013 municipal income tax return to any RITA taxpayer even though the taxpayer may live or work outside of the locations listed.    Take advantage of this FREE service.  Lastly, please encourage taxpayers to use RITA’s E-File application as it is accurate, secure, and free.

City of Kent
325 S. Depeyster
Kent, OH 44240
February 28, 2014 8:00AM-4:00PM
City of Loveland
120 W Loveland Ave
Loveland, OH 45140
February 28, 2014 12:00PM-7:00PM
City of Willoughby
1 Public Square
Willoughby, OH 44094
March 7, 2014 12:00PM-7:00PM
City of North Ridgeville
7307 Avon Belden Rd
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
March 14, 2014 12:00PM-7:00PM
RITA
Brecksville Location
March 15, 2014
March 22, 2014
8:00AM- 12:00PM
8:00AM- 12:00PM
RITA
Worthington Location
March 15, 2014
March 22, 2014
8:00AM- 12:00PM
8:00AM- 12:00PM

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Member Services Department at 1-866-252-0913.

NEWS


From left, Finance Director Ron Tomola,
Financial Planning and Supervision
Commission Chairperson Sharon Hanrahan,
Mayor Vic Collova and State Auditor Dave Yost.

Garfield Heights Released from Fiscal Emergency

Having met all the objectives of its financial recovery plan, Garfield Heights was released from fiscal emergency status by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

“You are the unsung heroes of local government,” Yost said during a special meeting of the Garfield Heights City Council and the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission on Thursday, Sept. 19.

“This day wouldn’t be possible without the sacrifices of both the citizens of Garfield Heights and city employees,” Yost said. “These choices weren’t easy, but they’ve put the city back on the right track. We continue to face economic headwinds in our state, but the task ahead will be far easier than the one behind you.”

Garfield Heights was placed in fiscal emergency on October 14, 2008 due to deficits totaling $1,869,779. To eliminate its fiscal emergency status, the city reduced staff by approximately 40 full-time positions through attrition to save $2 million annually. Administrative employees took a 30 percent pay reduction which saves the city $600,000 annually. And, Garfield Heights also instituted new fees and increased existing fees to generate additional revenue.

“This is something we worked very hard to achieve,” said Mayor Vic Collova. “Employees and residents sacrificed a lot to get the city back into solid financial shape.”

Finance Director Ron Tomola said personnel cuts that included downsizing departments, administrative pay cuts and union concessions helped lift the city from fiscal emergency. 

The Garfield Heights fiscal emergency was declared following a fiscal analysis by the state auditor’s Local Government Services office. Once a city is placed into fiscal emergency, a commission is appointed by the state to help the city regain financial stability. The commission is responsible for approving a plan that details solutions for eliminating the emergency and strategies to avoid future deficits.

A full copy of the fiscal emergency termination can be accessed at www.ohioauditor.gov.

Click here to view a press release from the auditor’s office regarding the Garfield Heights fiscal emergency release.

Click here to view the “Recognition of Fiscal Integrity” document presented to the city by Auditor David Yost.