By Terri Kevany
The impact of tax foreclosures and forfeitures in Cuyahoga County is far reaching. Tax foreclosures impact homeowners and the overall economic health of our region. The Cuyahoga Land Bank recently participated in an informational workshop convened by Cuyahoga County officials for all County administrative offices, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), and municipalities to better understand the tax foreclosure and forfeiture processes, and how strategic land dispositions can be encouraged through interrelationships between the entities involved.
More than 100 people attended the workshop. Topics included case preparation and filing; Board of Revisions practices and case management; judicial practices; dockets and orders of sale; cost determination; forfeiture practices; and transfers to and from city and county land banks.
Speakers included Cuyahoga Land Bank Chairman Councilman Anthony Brancatelli, Ken Surratt, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development for Cuyahoga County, Gus Frangos, President and General Counsel for the Cuyahoga Land Bank, as well as representatives from the Cuyahoga County Treasurer, Sheriff, Clerk of Courts, Auditor, and Board of Revision offices.
We thank all those who took time out to join us for this important discussion. By working together, we strengthen our ability to work successfully toward common goals. We’ve made the slide presentations from the workshop available below for review.