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January 29, 2008 - Ron Hohman Inducted into Ohio Tax Hall of Fame

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A career Ohio Department of Taxation employee was inducted into the Ohio Tax Hall of Fame here during a ceremony at the 17th annual Ohio Tax Conference Tuesday.

The late Ronald F. Hohman, who rose through the ranks in the department to achieve the high-ranking post of executive administrator for property taxes, is the eighth person to receive the honor since the hall was founded in 2001. As executive administrator for property taxes since 2000, Hohman oversaw the divisions responsible for oversight and administration of real, tangible personal and public utility property taxes. These taxes meant as much $11.7 billion in annual revenue for local governments.

Ohio Tax Commissioner Richard A. Levin announced his induction during a ceremony Tuesday at the conference. More than 900 people were expected to attend the two-day event at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, which will conclude on Wednesday.

"Ron Hohman was a real credit to public service," said Commissioner Levin. "His personal sense of integrity and outstanding work ethic were unparalleled. His basic principle of being firm but fair - and his ability to work effectively through complex issues with local taxing authorities, school districts and the private sector - made his administration of local taxes an era of equity and stability."

Hohman arrived at the Department of Taxation in 1973 with a resume that included serving as high school class valedictorian and a master's degree in economics from Ohio University. He ultimately headed up the department's Division of Tax Equalization and later became executive administrator for property taxes.

During his 29-year career with the department, Hohman developed a deep understanding of taxation that he frequently shared with colleagues, public officials, attorneys, reporters, students and individual Ohioans concerned about their property tax bills. Colleagues say his management and analytic abilities helped him set a new standard for the administration of local taxes. Also, they say, he had a strong rapport with local officials who implicitly trusted him and his advice.

Hohman passed away on Dec. 19, 2002 at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer. But he is still remembered by his colleagues as a leader, mentor and friend.

Selection to the Ohio Tax Hall of Fame is made by the Ohio Tax Commissioner and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Those in the Ohio Tax Hall of Fame were selected on the basis of outstanding contributions to the development, administration or operation of Ohio's state tax system.


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