January 12, 2016
This firm was privileged to serve as class action co-counsel along with Maurice Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and Paul DeMarco of the Cincinnati firm of Markovits, Stock and DeMarco in securing a refund of illegally-collected taxes levied by the Indian Hill School District for 2010 through 2014. That legal team has settled claims for our clients relating to the over-assessment and payment of taxes totaling $5.5 million.
A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer about the law suit (Sanborn v. Indian Hill Local School District) and the settlement are here.
In the Spring of 2016, class members should be receiving notices from the Settlement Administrator about how to obtain their refund. Taxpayers must respond in order to get their refund check.
- PLEASE NOTE: If you or someone you know owned property in the Indian Hill School District for those years and have since sold the property, the Auditor’s Office, and therefore the Settlement Administrator, may not have your address and you may not be notified of your right to receive a refund. In order to obtain notices about the refund, please be sure to contact the Settlement Administrator noted below and provide the following information: (a) your name and address, (b) the property you owned, and (c) the period you owned the property.
The class includes every property owner who paid the illegal levy for the years in question and includes both residential and commercial property owners. The amount of the refund will vary by property and payor, but we estimate the average refund will exceed $800.
Here is what is going to transpire on this settlement:
- The court-appointed Settlement Administrator will send a letter to every class member who can be identified in the Spring.
- The Settlement Administrator will have calculated the pro-rata share of refund due to each taxpayer, which amount will be included in each notice.
- The recipients of the letters must respond to receive their refund. They can also opt to donate the monies to the Indian Hills Public Schools Foundation.
- If payors of tax bills cannot be identified, or if they fail to respond, their pro-rata share of their refund will be paid to the Indian Hills Public Schools Foundation.
- Inquiries should be sent to the Settlement Administrator:
Dr. Harvey Rosen, Ph.D.
Burke, Rosen & Associates
2800 Euclid Ave., Suite 300
Cleveland, OH 44115
There is also a web site about the settlement: IndianHillSettlement.Com.
If you have any questions, please give Chris Finney of this office a call at 513-943-6655 or email him at Chris@FinneyLawFirm.Com.