Upgrades coming to Monroe County Treasurer’s Office

Monroe County Treasurer Taylor Abbott

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Treasurer’s Office will undergo major technological upgrades following a unanimous vote by the Monroe County Board of Commissioners to approve the $31,000 project.

Newly elected Monroe County Treasurer Taylor Abbott took office on Sept. 4 after defeating longtime incumbent Judy Gramlich in the March 2016 Democratic primary. He went on to the November 2016 general election unopposed. Per Ohio Revised Code, county treasurers in Ohio take office on the first Monday of September in the year following the November election.

Barely one month on the job, Abbott wasted no time in bringing two proposals before the commissioners that would include upgrading billing, mailing and processing of tax payments in the office. The companies, SmartBill and F&E Payment Pros, would provide the services while bringing the office up to date and decreasing costs. New computers have already been installed and electronic pay-ins in conjunction with the Monroe County Auditor’s Office have also been implanted.

Beginning in January, taxpayers will see a change not only in the format of their tax bill but also the ways in which they can pay it. The new bill, created by SmartBill, will now have more property information as well as a pie chart giving taxpayers an accurate breakdown of where their tax dollars are going. In addition, F&E Payment Pros will provide customers with the ability to pay their taxes online, view it 24 hours a day, sign up for e-billing and more. Additionally, the company will be installing a new, state-of-the-art check scanning and imaging system that will electronically deposit funds safely and efficiently into the county’s depository.

“When I ran for this office, I ran on a commitment to update and modernize the office. This is first step in doing that, and it’s the first major investment in the treasurer’s office in many decades. Taxpayers will soon be able to pay their bill online, check to see if they are current or past due, and so much more. In doing so, the county is investing in services that will be available to all of our taxpayers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s an investment in them, and that’s what we want to see happen,” said Abbott.

Installation of the new system is expected to begin later this month and be fully operational by January. Once in place it will cost approximately $8,400 annually and be paid through the treasurer’s office budget.