By Jason Hawk
March 17, 2014
In an unprecedented move, more than $1.8 million will be returned to cities, townships, and public agencies all over Lorain County.
The money will come from county auditor Craig Snodgrass’ Real Estate Assessment Fund, generated annual from a small percentage of tax collections.
So how much will be put back in local pockets?
The Amherst school system will get by far the biggest local boost with an unexpected windfall of $98,079.
Treasurer Barb Donohue was surprised by the announcement Monday when the News-Times called her office. She said the cash will likely be used to help offset the higher costs brought on by the unusually harsh winter.
The Firelands schools will also get $32,389 and the Lorain County Joint Vocational School will receive $52,737.
The city of Amherst will get $5,944 and Amherst Township will be given $2,909.
Another $1,4052 will be returned to the Amherst Public Library.
The Lorain County Metro Parks, which run the Mercy Health and Recreation Center and Beaver Creek Reservation here in town, will get $143,040.
“This is the first time Real Estate Assessment funds will be returned in Lorain County and we will look at it again in the future,” Snodgrass said.