Election board member retiring
The Ottawa County Board of Elections is accepting resumes from Republicans to replace Pam Fredrick, who will be retiring from the board at the end of the year.
Fredrick has been with the board as a full-time clerk for 11 years. Her responsibilities include tracking absentee voting, processing local liquor license options, processing provisional voter ballots, and working with maps of the county’s 44 precincts.
“The board will miss her greatly as they seek to find her replacement,” said JoAnn Friar, director of the board.
Resumes will be accepted until Dec. 3 at the board office in the Veterans Memorial Building, 8444 W. State Route 163, Suite 101, Oak Harbor, O. 43449.
Interest penalties to go up
Property owners in Lucas County who are behind in their property taxes will face an increase in the interest rate charged on unpaid balances.
The higher rates go into effect Dec. 1, according to Wade Kapszukiewicz, county treasurer.
The rate in December will be 4 percent. Next year it will rise to 12 percent; 8 percent for August and 4 percent for December.
Property owners can avoid the interest penalties by paying delinquencies or enrolling in a payment plan with the treasurer’s office before Dec. 1.
A new state law authorizes the rate increases for counties that have implemented Land Reutilization Corporations, also known as land banks.
Land bank programs are used to acquire and demolish or renovate properties as well as assembling land parcels for economic development.
Szollosi in leadership post
Members of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus have elected Rep. Matthew A. Szollosi (D-Toledo) as assistant minority leader for the session of the Ohio General Assembly that begins in January. Rep. Armond Budish (D-Beachwood) was elected Minority Leader.
Szollosi, who represents the 49th House District, said the legislature’s priority will be putting Ohioans back to work.
The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education has scheduled an executive session for Nov. 23 to discuss personnel matters.
The board will meet for a regular meeting at 6 p.m.