The Wake Up: Ohio ranks 22nd highest for property tax bills

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The Wake Up
What you need to know Thursday, April 6, 2017
Showers throughout the day, breezy with gusts up to 30 mph, high 55. Rain changing to snow overnight, up to 3 inches possible, wind gusts up to 40 mph, low 33. Read more.

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Ohio ranks 22nd highest for property tax bills: Ohio ranks 22nd in the nation for property taxes with homeowners on average paying $2,616 last year, according to a report released Thursday. That is well-below the average payments in the states with the highest tax bills – New Jersey ($8,477), New York ($7,013) and Connecticut ($6,963), Attom Data Solutions reported. One factor in driving up property tax bills in the Northeast is much higher property values. Read more  

‘Know the Risks’ campaign critical in fighting opioid epidemic: Officials kicked off an expansive awareness campaign on the risks of prescription opioid abuse Wednesday, and touted it as a critical component in the fight against a heroin and fentanyl epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives in Cuyahoga County. The “Know the Risks" campaign is a collaborative effort among local agencies and organizations, production companies, hospitals and media outlets, including and The Plain Dealer. It is intended to combat a heroin and fentanyl epidemic that is becoming deadlier each year. Read more  

Cleveland’s oversight leads to improper traffic crime sentences: Cleveland officials, including Mayor Frank Jackson, said Wednesday that an 11-month oversight by the city led to numerous improper sentences in traffic cases in the city’s municipal court. The city did not venture a guess as to how many people are affected by the oversight, but five people were released from jail Wednesday as a precaution, Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Charles Patton said at a news conference Wednesday. Read more  

Ohio’s economic recovery lags behind nation, experts say: Ohio’s recovery from recession has lagged other parts of the country because its economy lacks “dynamism" and the state has a poor rate of rate of new business formation, a think tank representative told a congressional committee on Wednesday. Columbus-area GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi said depressed areas in Ohio could recover with help from increased private investment and restored economic dynamism. Read more  

Ohio could recover with help from increased private investment and restored economic dynamism. Read more.

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