State Senator Larry Obhof (R–Medina) this week announced the passage of House Bill 5, which seeks to simplify the state’s municipal tax code by establishing consistency in Ohio’s municipal income tax system.
Ohio’s current municipal income tax system is extremely complex. Ohio is the only state where municipalities set their own rules and regulations, resulting in almost 600 different municipalities utilizing 300 different forms to collect local income tax on an annual basis. By comparison, only three forms are used throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania.
“Ohio’s municipal tax system is complex, difficult to comply with, and costly to taxpayers,” said Obhof.  “These changes are a big step forward and will ease the burdens on Ohioans and those doing business in our state.”
House Bill 5 creates a local Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and makes significant strides toward standardized forms across Ohio.  It also requires municipalities to adhere to a uniform annual tax return filing schedule to eliminate confusion across township, city, and county lines.
The Senate has also passed Senate Bill 315, which establishes the Month of May as “Asthma Awareness Month” and May 5th as “Childhood Asthma Awareness Day.”  The bill was sponsored by Senator Eric Kearney (D–Cincinnati), who walked 250 miles from Cleveland to Cincinnati earlier this year to raise awareness about childhood asthma, including a visit to the Medina Square. 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every eleven children has asthma, and in 2009 there were 1.9 million asthma-related emergency department visits and 479,300 asthma-related hospitalizations nationwide.
“I appreciate all the hard work my colleague Senator Kearney has put forth over the years to advocate for children’s health issues, and it is my hope that this effort will help raise the profile of a condition that affects so many families,” said Obhof.
Senate Bill 315 will now go to the Ohio House of Representatives for their consideration.

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