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The cities of Toledo, Maumee, Oregon, Sylvania, and Sylvania Township all have a 9-1-1 center. The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office answers and dispatches 9-1-1 calls for all other unincorporated communities.
Beginning in tax year 2014, Lucas County taxpayers applying for the Homestead Exemption will be subject to a means test. The Ohio Adjusted Gross Income needed to qualify for 2019 must be under $32,800.
On June 12, 2014, Amended Substitute House Bill 85 was signed by the Governor of the State of Ohio. This amendment doubles the State's exemption for military men and women with a "100% service-connected total and permanent disability" certified by the federal government from $25,000 to $50,000. This amendment also removes the means test for qualifying veterans.
1) You have to be at least 65 years old (anytime during the calendar year) or permanently or totally disabled.2) If disabled, you are required to have your physician complete the certificate of disability form or submit a certificate from a state or federal agency.3) Own and occupy your own home, or mobile home, or have ownership interest (land contract, lease options), as of January 1 of the application year.4) Applicants for 2019 must have a TOTAL (applicant + spouse - not including social security) household income of no more than $32,800.
The deadline to apply for Homestead is December 31, 2019 by 4:30p.m.
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You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct more than 30 consecutive days after you are duly registered to vote in this state; however, you may request an absentee ballot during that period.
You may download a Voter Registration Application. You may also contact the Lucas County Board of Election or the Ohio Secretary of State to mail a registration form to you. You may also call our office at (419) 213-4001. Beginning January 1st, 2017 you may register online through the Ohio Secretary of State's website You may obtain a registration application in person, or register in person, at any of the following locations: The office of the Ohio Secretary of State; The office of the Lucas County Board of Elections; The office of the Registrar or any Deputy Registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles; Public Libraries; Public and Parochial High Schools, or Vocational Schools; County Treasurer's Office; or Offices of designated agencies including: The Department of Job and Family Services; The Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children program; The Department of Mental Health; The Department of Developmental Disabilities; The Rehabilitation Services Commission; Any state-assisted college or university that provides assistance to disabled students. When you have completed your voter registration application, please review it carefully for completeness and accuracy. You may either personally deliver, or send by U.S. Mail, your voter registration application to the county board of elections or the Secretary of State's office. You, or another person acting on your behalf, also may deliver your application to one of the offices listed above, but you should ensure your application reaches the office of a board of elections or the Secretary of State within 10 days and no later than the voter registration deadline for the election at which you want to vote.
The Ohio Secretary of State's website has a voter search application that will allow you to find your polling location by your street address. Also, you may call our office at (419) 213-4001 to find out where you vote.
Please note: Extra postage will be needed when mailing completed absentee ballots. If you are unsure of the postage cost, please check with your local office of the U.S. Postal Service.
For information on voting rights of U.S. citizens living outside the U.S., see Uniformed and Overseas Citizens.
If you are a regular absentee voter, you may use the absentee voter application prescribed by the Secretary of State (Form 11-A) to apply for your absentee ballot. If you choose not to use the prescribed form, your written application need not be in any particular format, but it must contain all of the following information:1. Your name;2. Your legal signature;3. The address at which you are registered to vote;4. Your date of birth;5. One of the following items showing proof of your identification: • Your Ohio driver's license number; or • The last four digits of your Social Security number; or• A copy of your current and valid photo identification, military identification, or a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government (including from a public college or university) document that shows your name and current address.(Note: You cannot use a voter registration acknowledgement notice that the board of elections mailed to you as proof of identification.); 6. A statement identifying the election for which you are requesting an absentee voter's ballot;7. A statement that you are a qualified elector;8. If the request is for a partisan primary election ballot, your political party affiliation; and9. If you want the ballot to be mailed to a different address, the address to which you want it mailed.
For Early In-Person and Absentee Voting:
• A copy of a current and valid photo identification, (i.e. Ohio driver’s license, state ID card, government ID). Photo identification must show name and address; or • A copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address (including from a public college or university); or• The last four digits of voter’s Social Security number; or driver's license number.
For Election Day Voting (Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
• A current and valid photo identification (i.e. Ohio driver’s license, state ID card, government ID). Photo identification must show name and address (does not need to be current address for driver’s license or state id card); or• A military identification. (Does not need to show name or address); or• A copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address (including from a public college or university).
Ohio law states that you can use as ID, a document from the Board of Elections EXCEPT for a voter registration acknowledgement notice or a notification of an election.
Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by provisional ballot.
Under Ohio Law, your party affiliation is determined by the ballot you vote in an even numbered year Primary Election. The next opportunity to change your party affiliation will be the March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.
At any time if you are unsure please contact our office at (419) 213-2990.
Money: Frequently, children supported by only one parent are poorer than children supported by both parents. They need child support. In order to get support, paternity must be legally established.
Medical: Your child needs to know if he or she has inherited any special health problems. Also, it might be possible to obtain medical insurance for your child through the father’s employer, union, or military service.
Security: Fathers who support their children when they are young are more likely to continue to pay support until they become adults. If you wait, the father may decide to deny paternity which could make your child feel unwanted or unloved.
Survivor's Benefits*: If the father dies, your child could qualify for a number of benefits, including Social Security, pensions, inheritance rights, veterans benefits, and life insurance.
*Unless legal paternity has been established, your child may not be able to claim these benefits from his or her father.
Usually a father will admit paternity when results of blood tests show he is the biological father of a child. If the father continues to believe he is not the father, he is entitled to a court hearing on the matter. At the hearing, a judge listens to both sides and looks at the test results.
The amount of your monthly child support payment is decided by the laws of the state in which you live. Child support orders require that the father provide financial support for his child until he or she becomes eighteen [(18) or older depending upon state law].
Individuals wanting to expedite the application process and receive their passports in 2 -3 weeks will pay an additional fee of $ 60.00 plus $ 16.48 for the cost of Express Mail for a total of $ 232.21 for adults, and $ 202.21 for children. Passport Cards can be expedited for an additional fee of $ 60.00 to the Passport Processing Center for (adults) and $ 60.00 to the Passport Processing Center (children). Those requesting expedited service on U S Passport Cards only will receive their cards via regular first class mail, not Express Mail as with U S Passport Booklets.
Lucas County Foreclosure Timeline
This timeline can play out in less than 180 days! Don’t wait…Act immediately…Contact your lender
First 30-90 Days Owner is behind in mortgage payments.
20 Days later Owner receives letter stating that within 10 days legal proceedings will occur.
30 Days later Legal proceedings begin when mortgage company files complaint (lawsuit).
28 Days later Owner has 28 days from receipt of complaint to respond or file an answer with the clerk of court. This must be done. Owner has no ability to stop foreclosure by dodging certified mail. Legal advice is recommended.
Within 5-30 Days Later Mortgage lawyer files a motion for default judgment if owner does not file a response or answer with the clerk of court. Judge will sign default judgment, frequently without owner’s knowledge. This judgment will order the appraisal and sale of the property.
Mortgage lawyer files with the clerk of court a legal form known as a praecipe for an order of sale which also orders the appraisal of the property; this is usually done without the knowledge of the owner.
Within 3 Days Later Clerk delivers the order of sale to the Sheriff.
During the next 3 Months An appraisal is ordered and completed, frequently without the owner’s knowledge.
The sale date is set, usually around 5 months after the order of sale is filed.
The sale is advertised in the newspaper and/or legal news for 3 weeks. This may be the only notice the owner gets of the sale date.
Day of Sale Sheriff will auction the property and sell to the highest bidder. Bidding generally starts at 2/3 of the appraised value.
7-60 Days After Sale A legal form called a confirmation entry is filed by the mortgage lawyer with the clerk of court. This orders the sheriff to prepare a deed, and it gives the new owner the right to file for a writ of possession. After the confirmation entry is filed, signed by the judge, and recorded by the clerk, there is nothing that can be done to stop the sale by the owner. Only rare legal irregularities can stop the sale at this point. Even bankruptcy cannot stop the sale.
Sheriff deed is issued; new owner files for writ of possession.
Sheriff will place a red tag on the door of the house stating the owner has 10 days to move out of the home. This may be extended for up to 7-10 days for hardship; any time needed beyond that will require the consent of the new owner. If the owner does not move out, the sheriff will enter and remove his/her belongings and place them by the curb.
10% Bond - The individual deposits 10% of the ordered bond with the court.
Full Cost Bond - Whatever amount the Judge has ordered, the individual must pay in full.
Property Bond - Posting of their property in lieu of cash to ensure that the defendant appears in court.
A title search must be completed to ensure there are not liens or mortgages on the property. This can be done at any title company.
Proof of balance of mortgage must be furnished at the time of posting bond. It must be on letterhead from the lending institution.
All property owners must be present in order to sign all necessary bond forms. If an owner is unable to be present to sign, an executed power of attorney must be furnished at the time of posting. The power of attorney must be witnessed and notarized and must contain the legal description of the property.
Property values should be twice the amount set as bond, over and above all encumbrances (charge of claim on property).
You need to contact the Court where your case is filed. See response to FAQ, "Am I in the right Court? If you are unsure of which court to contact.
You should also read any paperwork you have been given from prior appearances in the court for contact information.
In the Common Pleas Court, only the Judge can approve a change in your court date. You will need to call the Judges' courtroom and explain your situation and request the change in your court date. The telephone number for each Judge is listed in the Common Pleas Judges
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Child Support Payment Central (OCSPC) P.O. Box 182394 Columbus, Ohio 43218-2394
You may arrange electronic remittance by calling the Child Support Payment Central at 888-965-2676 and follow the prompts for employers. Or go to www.ocda.us for more employer information.
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ERP is an acronym for Enterprise Resource Planning. ERP software integrates various functions that are necessary to running an organization such as inventory and order management, accounting, human resources, payroll and purchasing into one complete system to streamline processes and information across the entire organization. The central feature of all ERP systems is a shared database that allows employees in different divisions—for example, accounting and sales—to rely on the same information for their specific needs.
The ERP Steering Committee was appointed in 2004 by the Board of County Commissioners. The appointed members are:
ERP Executive Sponsors:
Lucas County Board of Commissioners
Lucas County Auditor
Lucas County Treasurer
ERP Steering Committee Members:
Director of the Office ofManagement & Budget
Director of Information Services
Chief Deputy Auditor
Chief Deputy Treasurer
ERP Project Manager
ERP Systems Manager
Deputy Director of Support Services
Director of Human Resources
or their designees
Implementation is expected to begin in early 2019 with completion of the both the financial and HR/Payroll systems in early 2021.
PeopleSoftHRMS was the first implemented in April 2003. The first phase of the financialproject went into production in July of 2007 and the second phase went liveJanuary 2008. The County’s PeopleSoft ERP systems are no longer supported byOracle. The hardware is end of life and the operating system is no longer supportedby Microsoft. The ERP Steering Committee and Executive Sponsors made therecommendation to replace the outdated hardware and software to secure thebusiness data of the county.
1. Develop Multisystemic Therapy for children/youth with identified and diagnosed mental health challenges and involvement with juvenile court. This is very intensive in-home therapeutic services that address the whole family situation.
2. Develop Wraparound on a smaller scale – addressing the BHJJ population – with the long-term goal of expanding Wraparound as our coordination model for intersystem involved children/youth and their families (with the goal of replacing the traditional Cluster model by July 1, 2010). The implementation of Wraparound has already begun for the BHJJ population with trained Wraparound Facilitators working out of NAMI of Greater Toledo and we are diligently working to plan and prepare for the transition from the traditional Cluster Model (currently called Creative Options) to Wraparound.
Juvenile Divisions hear cases involving persons under 18 years of age, and cases dealing with unruly, abused, dependent, and neglected children. They also have jurisdiction in adult cases involving paternity, child abuse, nonsupport, visitation, custody, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Beginning September 11, 2015, the Lucas County Juvenile Court began accepting online payments via Credit or Debit card for Fines and Court Costs as well as Restitution, at Pay Fines and Court Costs
Payments can also be made in person by cash, check, or credit/debit card in the Clerks Office of the Juvenile Justice Center, 1801 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43614.
Mediation is a process in which parties come together with a third party neutral (Mediator) to discuss the complaint / motion that has been brought before the Court. The mediator will help facilitate the process and aim to resolve the complaint without further Court involvement.
Beginning September 11, 2015, the Lucas County Juvenile Court began accepting online payments via Credit or Debit card for Restitution as well as Fines and Court Costs at Make a Restitution Payment
Continuances must be requested in writing, by regular mail, by fax, or in person to: 1801 Spielbusch Ave. Toledo, OH 43604 Fx: (419) 213-6898 If the hearing is same day, they must call (419) 213-6722.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has released its updated web-based Ohio Child Support Guidelines Calculator, based on the changes from HB 366.
The calculator is now available and may be accessed here: Ohio Child Support Calculator
Yes, you can have the deadline for your fines extended on a Traffic Case, if you appear in person at the Juvenile Justice Center. You can also pay your Fines online - look for the Quick Links box on the right hand side of the main Juvenile Court Website. Please see the staff at the Reception Desk in the Lobby for more information.
A mandated reporter is someone required by law to report if they suspect or know that child abuse if occurring. The Ohio Revised Code Section 2151.421 clearly removes the option of choice, and requires immediate reporting of known or suspected alleged child abuse and neglect for the following professionals: • Attorneys • Audiologists • Child care workers • Children Services personnel • Coroners • Day care personnel • Dentists • Nurses • Peace officers, including police, sheriff's deputies and highway patrol officers • Physicians, including hospital interns and residents • Podiatrists • Psychiatrists • School authorities, employees and teachers • Social Workers • Speech Pathologists • Animal Control Officers/Agents Although Ohio law encourages everyone to report alleged child abuse and neglect, in most cases it is an option left for personal and moral decision. The exception is those professions that have an inherent responsibility to report. The ethical commitment to families and children that these professionals have accepted through virtue of their positions is recognized under Ohio law, and thus they are mandated to report alleged child abuse and neglect.
Individuals should print and complete the attached form in full in order to request information from Lucas County Children Services for personal use only. Please mail to the address given on the form. No online submissions can be accepted.
Individuals requesting their own information, whether it is recent or from the Miami Children’s Center, should complete the form as fully as possible.
Parents requesting information about their biological child(ren) must submit documentation of custody in order to request information. Examples include divorce decrees or other court documents showing that you have custody of the child(ren).
Individuals requesting historical information from the Miami Children’s Center about a deceased relative should submit the form, along with proof of relationship and a copy of the person’s death certificate.
Individuals seeking their adoptive history should be aware that these records may be sealed and you may need to proceed with your request through the Probate Court. This agency will make its best efforts to provide you with non-identifiable information as allowed by law.
LCCS is prohibited from releasing any case information related to services provided by third parties, such as medical treatment or psychological services. Authorization for Release of Personal Information
When a decision is made by the court that children need to temporarily leave the home, the parents will be made aware of the safety threats and issues causing the removal so that they can take steps to remedy their situation. The caseworker will write the case plan with the family, so they can provide input into services that are needed and they will know exactly what is expected of them in order to have the children reunified. Progress in the services and a discussion on the possibility of reunification will be reviewed formally every 90 days at the 90 day Case Review. The time that it takes to achieve reunification is based on the reduction of safety threats, and the parents' compliance in services, as well as demonstrated changes. The final decision is made by the Juvenile Court.
Please understand that while information will be provided, the clerks are unable to provide legal advice. Custody forms are available at the main clerk's counter at Juvenile Court.
Neither Lucas County Children Services or the Juvenile Court can provide legal advice and counsel. However, there are resources available in the community if you require legal assistance.
If you have resources pay for legal services, contact the Toledo Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at 419-242-2000 or 419-242-4763, for names of attorneys who handle this type of legal work.
If you are unable to pay for representation, contact either the Toledo Bar Association's Pro Bono program at 419-242-9363 or Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. at 419-724-0030. These programs will have criteria and other guidelines that must be met before their services can be utilized. Lucas County Juvenile Court
A neutral trained facilitator will lead the meeting. The role of the facilitator is to focus the group's energy on the common task of reaching a decision about placement for the child. The caseworker will present the information regarding family history, strengths and concerns.The parents and other involved relatives and professionals will be invited to the meeting and are strongly encouraged to participate. The parents may bring a support person to the meeting; this may be a relative, close friend, attorney, or Pastor.
Qualified families may be eligible for the Kinship Permanency Incentive, which provides limited financial assistance to relative caregivers.
The Area Office on Aging Kinship Navigator program also provides support for older adults caring for relative children.
More information is available in the brochure, "Kinship Care: Relatives Caring for Children." Kinship information
Lucas County Children Services has an Office of Equity and Inclusion. Please contact Mr. Walker at 419-213-3260.
The current operating budget for Lucas County Children Services is approximately $48 million (2019). More than half of the agency's funding comes from the citizens of Lucas County through two property tax levies. Children Services also receives funding from the federal government, the State of Ohio, and other sources. Lucas County Children Services has approximately 350 employees.
All attorneys who have passed the bar in the state of Ohio are eligible to become members.
Applicable court officials/employees are eligible for statutory membership, meaning they may become members without having to pay dues so long as they remain in the court's employ.
The law library is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
There are no printed forms in the library. Select forms are available online through various Lucas County agencies, including the following:
Municipal Court Forms
Probate Court Forms
Lucas County Clerk of Courts Forms - Automobile and Watercraft Division, Civil Division, Criminal Division, Sixth District Court of Appeals, Domestic Relations Division
The Supreme Court of Ohio has Uniform Domestic Relations and Juvenile Forms available on their website:
Uniform Domestic Relations Forms
The Toledo Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Program can help you find a local lawyer for your specific needs.
Toledo Bar Association: Lawyer Referral
311 N. Superior St.
Toledo, OH 43604
The following organizations provide legal assistance to eligible low income individuals and groups:
Ohio Legal Help
Ohio Legal Help is a nonprofit website designed to help all Ohioans with civil legal issues. Topics include Family, Housing, Money and Debt, Health and Public Benefits, Crime and Traffic, Disaster Recovery, and Going to Court. The site features interactive self-help tools, including forms and referrals to local legal and community resources.
Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO)
525 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 400
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)
525 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 300
Toledo Bar Association: Modest Means Program
Toledo Bar Association: Pro Bono Legal Services Program
The Toledo Bar Association also holds clinics to assist the public with expungement, divorce, and juvenile court matters. You may call the Toledo Bar Association's Pro Bono Program at (419) 242-9363 for more information.
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The complete verbiage of the code is found at Ohio Revised Code 317.114
From the Ohio Recorders' Association website: A template for the standardization requirements
We begin accepting orders for the Tree Sale starting in February and the distribution of seedlings is in April. We sell a variety of conifers, native hardwoods, and shrubs which vary from year to year. To be placed on a mailing list for the Tree Sale order form or for more information, please call our office at: (419) 893-1966.
The annual Fish Sale has been extended to twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall (usually May & October). Orders for the fish fingerlings are taken the month prior to the sale, and purchasers come to the Lucas SWCD office on the day of delivery to pick up the live fish. A variety of fish species are available, along with recommended stocking rates for various size ponds. To be placed on a mailing list for the Fish Sales, or for more information, please call the Lucas SWCD office at: (419) 893-1966.
The Lucas SWCD has publications on managing your pond naturally as well as fish stocking recommendations. Call (419) 893-1966 for more information.
The Lucas SWCD can assist in respect to hydric soils – one component of wetlands of the three that are required. The Army Corp of Engineers is the regulatory body to determine wetlands. Contact The Army Corp of Engineers at (419) 898-3491. Get the soils information from the District and then go to the Corp of Engineers with that information.
The Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District handles the agricultural pollution problems in a non-confrontational way to address and fix the problem. If a landowner is uncooperative, the District receives assistance from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The EPA or the local health department handles the other spills and pollution complaints. The hotline for EPA is (800) 282-0270; The Toledo Lucas County Health Department is (419) 213-4100.
The Toledo Area Sanitary District, (419) 726-7891, has mosquito fish and they can spray for mosquitoes.
The Lucas SWCD does not handle residential or commercial water supply. Please call the City of Toledo Water Department at this phone number: (419) 245-1800.
Option 1: You can dry it up and throw it away. You can do this by adding kitty litter, oil-dry, or sand to the paint. Once it's dry, leave the lid off so your trash hauler can see that it is hard and they will take it with your normal trash. If you don't have access to kitty litter, oil-dry, or sand, you can get a cardboard box or newspaper and pour a layer of paint on it, let it dry, pour another layer, let it dry, and just keep repeating the process until it is all dry. Once it's dry, just throw it away.
Option 2: You can take it to the Habitat for Humanity Restore located at 1310 Conant St. in Maumee. They charge $2.00 per can. If you have any questions about their program, please call 419-382-1964.
Option 3: You can schedule an appointment to drop it off for $1.00 per can up to a gallon size can (anything larger up to 5 gallon size can is $5.00 per can )by calling our office at 419-213-2230. We have appointments available on Thursday and Saturday mornings for all of your household hazardous waste.
We are excited to bring you a local option for recycling household hazardous waste. It is open to all Lucas County Residents and limited to individual households. No materials from business or industrial sites will be accepted.
All you have to do is Register! Appointments available on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Please call 419-213-2230 and provide the type of material you plan to dispose and arrange a time for drop-off. Please refer to our HHW Flyer for acceptable materials. The cost is $1.00/lb for everything with the exception of fluorescent bulbs (they are $1.00 each bulb). Or another option is ERG Environmental Services at 800-284-9107 or 419-354-6110 located in Bowling Green.
You can take them to anyplace that sells tires; however, there will be a charge where ever you go. The charge varies by location.
There are two primary types of services available at the VSC. In addition to filing claims and requesting Military records for veterans, Temporary Financial Assistance is available to those Honorably Discharged veterans who are residents of Lucas County, who qualify, and who provide the documents to the VSC staff that are required by Ohio State Statute. Examples of assistance are: Food Vouchers; Rent, Mortgage, Utility; Medical Prescription Funds; Transportation to VA Medical Facilities.
A veteran could walk in for assistance. But, all staff members may be engaged in assisting other veterans. An initial call in is the best option.
VSC Commissioners board meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 9:30 am at the LCSVC Conference Room at 2595 Arlington Ave