November 7, 2002 - Columbus, Ohio
- Deadline Nearing for Ideas on How to Improve Ohio's
COLUMBUS -- The Committee to Study State and
Local Taxes wants your ideas and suggestions on how to
improve Ohio's tax system, according to Ohio Tax Commissioner
Thomas Zaino. Zaino is Committee chairperson.
"I invite anyone to offer comments or suggestions to help us
identify the strengths and weaknesses of our tax system,"
Zaino said, adding that suggestions should "keep in mind the
committee's guiding principles: equity, simplicity,
stability, neutrality and competitiveness."
Comments and suggestions should be submitted by Nov. 12 to
the Committee's web site:
The committee came into being as part of the Budget
Corrective Bill, Amended Substitute Senate Bill 261. It was
passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law by
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft earlier this year. The bill requires final
Committee recommendations to be revenue neutral.The
Committee, in addition to Zaino, includes Bruce Johnson,
director of the Ohio Department of Development, Tom Johnson,
director of the Office of Budget and Management, State
Senators Eric Fingerhut, (D-Cleveland), David Goodman,
(R-Columbus), and Bill Harris, (R-Ashland), and State
Representatives Ed Jerse, (D-Euclid), Sally Conway Kilbane,
(R-Rocky River), and Kirk Schuring, (R-Canton).
The Committee has been reviewing Ohio’s tax system since