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November 7, 2002  -  Columbus, Ohio  - Deadline Nearing for Ideas on How to Improve Ohio's Tax System

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 July.