Hubbard Township officials hear details on tax delinquencies

Treasurer lists 1,041 properties

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — Trustees have learned there are 1,041 properties in the township that are delinquent on their property taxes.

Trustee Rick Hernandez said Trumbull County Treasurer Sam Lamancusa told trustees Monday the total includes 365 owners who owe $100 or less, 87 that are on payment plans, 32 properties are in the Trumbull County Land Bank and 176 are in foreclosure.

Hernandez said the township at the end of 2018 was owed $212,000 in property taxes and for the past six years, the township was owed $1.4 million.

Lamancusa said residents need to contact his office about getting the taxes paid or face foreclosure action down the road.

Hernandez said there are circumstances where people are ill, or facing an emergency or loss of employment, and the the county is willing to work with them on payments.

Trustees have expressed concerns of not having enough funds for the police department with a 3.5-mill continuous levy defeat last November and people not paying their taxes,

Last month, the township had to take out a $200,000 bank loan on anticipated real estate collection to cover payroll. Trustees said they believe that recouping delinquent property taxes from residents could help solve the township’s financial dilemma, especially after a levy was defeated in November.

In another matter, trustees said the handheld speed cameras will be going into effect in a week with a one-month warning period for speeders on a section of Interstate 80 in the township. Hernandez said drivers going over 11 miles above the speed limit will be ticketed.

Trustees hope the cameras will bolster the police fund and enhance safety on the interstate. The interstate has had just over 200 reported accidents within the township from 2015 to 2018.

The township has a contract with Blue Line Solutions, the Tennesse-based speed camera company that also provides services for Girard, Weathersfield, Howland and Youngstown.

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