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Pipeline Reassessment Status Update

You may have heard that several pipeline companies, including Rover and Nexus, have filed petitions for reassessment with the Ohio Department of Taxation (“ODT”) for significant reductions in their public utility tax assessments.  The reassessment of public utilities is governed by R.C. 5727.47.  Under the statute, ODT is required to send notice of a petition […]

UPDATE: Supreme Court of Ohio to Hear Bullying Appeal

The Supreme Court of Ohio has accepted an appeal from the Toledo City School District regarding personal liability of school teachers and administrators in cases involving bullying.  The appeal was taken from the Sixth Appellate District’s August reversal of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas’ grant of summary judgment. (A.J.R. v. Bd. of Educ., […]

The 4-1-1 on New Changes to R.C. 3313.411

House Bill 166 took effect last month, reducing the two-year requirement of ORC 3313.411 to one year.  ORC 3313.411 now requires a school district with school facilities that have been unused for one year to offer to lease or sell those facilities to community schools, STEM schools, or college-preparatory boarding schools located within the district’s geographical […]

New Property Tax Exemption Requirement for Community Schools

Under Section 5709.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, real property used by a community school for educational purposes is exempt from real property taxes.   The exemption applies if the community school owns its facility or if the community school leases its facility from a landlord.  The exemption must be applied for by the property owner […]

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide on the Level of Education Benefit that Must Be Provided to Students with Disabilities

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District in which it will decide the level of educational benefit that school districts must offer to students with disabilities. This is the first case to reach the Supreme Court regarding the meaning of free […]