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        FAQ from Pickaway County Treasurer Ellery Elick

Q: What are the duties of a County Treasurer?
  • The County Treasurer acts as the county's banker, and is the Chief Investment Officer of all county funds. He collects all forms of taxes, including real estate, manufactured homes, inheritance taxes, as well as cigarette and vendor license fees. In addition, all monies collected by other departments and agencies of the county are paid to the Treasurer and deposited into the General Fund Account.
  • The County Treasurer sends out the tax bills for real estate, manufactured homes, and personal property. He also sends out reminder notices to those with delinquent taxes.
  • The County Treasurer is responsible for making daily bank deposits and balancing the county checkbook and for certifying collection settlement amounts to the Auditor.
  • The Treasurer is also required to complete 24 hours of continuing education classes in a two-year period.
Q: What are some things the County Treasurer is not responsible for?
He does not set tax rates, CAUV rates, or appraisal and assessment values.
Q: When are real-estate taxes due?
Taxes are due in February and July; exact dates are set by the County Treasurer.
Q: What if I don't get a bill?
You are still responsible for your taxes. If you do not receive your bill, please contact the treasurer's office as soon as possible. In order to give everyone enough time to pay, tax bills are typically mailed out at least 1 month before the tax deadlines.
Q: What happens if someone is delinquent on paying taxes?
Ellery will issue reminder notices to those with delinquent tax amounts. If no response is received from the taxpayer, then foreclosure proceedings may be initiated.
Q: How can I start a payment plan for my back taxes?
Please contact Ellery, and he will be glad to work out a payment plan for you.
Q: What happens if someone on a payment plan quits paying?
Ellery will make every effort to allow the resident to restart the payment plan, but if the taxpayer still does not continue, then the foreclosure process is a real possibility.
Q: What is the foreclosure procedure?
County Treasurer Ellery Elick compiles a list of the delinquent taxpayers according to the amount owed and seriousness of the delinquency. Any tax account involved in bank foreclosure, bankruptcy, or other legal issue is excluded until such time as they may be deemed collectable. A working list of about 15 to 20 names is sent to the County Prosecutor for legal foreclosure proceedings. Tax monies from such actions are paid to Treasurer Elick following sales of properties, as noted in the local paper.
Q: How much delinquent tax money has Ellery collected?
Treasurer Ellery Elick has now collected several million dollars in delinquent taxes, making good his promise from 2004 to aggressively pursue such monies. He has helped delinquent taxpayers get on payment plans that add additional dollars to the collection total.

Q: How does Treasurer Elick invest our county money?
Treasurer Elick has been certified by the Auditor of State and by the Treasurer of the State of Ohio to invest county monies in US Treasuries and federal agencies, and in Star Ohio. This certification required Ellery to take special classes; it has allowed him to better invest our money and recoup higher returns. Local banks are also utilized for additional investment purposes.
Q: What other boards and committees does the County Treasurer serve on?
  • Board of Revision
  • Budget Commission
  • Investment Advisory Board
  • Data Processing Board
  • Courthouse Security Committee
  • Trustee, William Ammer Scholarship Committee

Ellery also serves on the legislative committee of the County Treasurer's Association of Ohio, and is past-president of the SE District CTAO .
Q: What is the CAT tax?
The Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) is a business-privilege tax measured by a business’ gross receipts. The CAT is being phased in over a five-year period starting with tax year 2005. The CAT replaces the corporate franchise and tangible personal property taxes. As a result of the phase-out of the tangible personal property tax, a distribution was created to reimburse schools and local governments for revenue losses. For State Fiscal Year 2007 – 2011, the School District Tangible Property Tax Replacement Fund (Fund 047) receives seventy percent of CAT revenue and the Local Government Tangible Property Tax Replacement Fund (Fund 081) receives thirty-percent of CAT revenue. The Department of Education reimburses the schools and the Department of Taxation reimburses local governments. Payments are made through the county auditors.
Q: How may I pay my taxes?
The Treasurer accepts the following means of tax payments: cash, check, money order, or credit card (Master Card or Visa)