Today, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law Ohio House Bill 197 which addresses various topics in the State associated with the COVID-19 emergency. There are various items in this bill that will directly affect the residents of the Village of South Lebanon:
1. Although there is a State of Emergency throughout the State and a “Stay At Home “ order issued by the Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the business of local government must still be addressed. To that end, H.B. 197 permits local governments to conduct public meetings by either teleconference or videoconference. Public notice of these meetings must still be given and the public must have an opportunity to listen or view the meeting. Additional details on the Village’s Council meeting scheduled for April 2, 2020, and any other public meetings will be forthcoming;
2. To mirror the extension of the Federal Income Tax filing deadline, the State of Ohio, through H.B. 197, has extended the filing deadline for State Income Tax Returns until July 15, 2020. Per the Section 1.091(G) of the Village Income Tax Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2019-23), the Village’s tax filing deadline shall be the same as the State’s filing deadline, which will now be extended until July 15, 2020;
3. H.B. 197 also prohibits the disconnection of public water service until December 1st, 2020; and
4. H.B. 197 sets the deadline for absentee ballots for Ohio’’s Primary Election as April 28, 2020. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date. Instructions for requesting absentee ballots can be obtained by calling the Warren County Board of Elections at (513) 695-1358 or on their website at www.warrencountyboe.us.
Additional details on how this Bill will affect the Village will be forthcoming. There are many other items in the Bill relating to issues pertaining to the COVID-19 emergency that are a result of this emergency. The full text of the Bill can be found by clicking HERE.
I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of the citizens of South Lebanon who are doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please continue to stay vigilant and follow all of the social distance and hygiene rules from the State of Ohio at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov .
Mayor James D. Smith
Village of South Lebanon