Taxpayers’ Rights

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Columbus “Admissions Tax” Will be in Court and on Ballot

1851 Center spearheads legal action to protect citizens from municipal “ticket taxes” on arts and entertainment that force funding of private art Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today moved to protect Ohioans from…
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Ohio Cities Cannot Prohibit Use of Security Alarms

Cincinnati's "alarm tax" violates homeowners’ right to communicate, freedom from double-taxation The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law has moved to invalidate a municipal ordinance that forbids homeowners from protecting themselves with…
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Federal Court Approves Class Action on Ohio City's Illegal Home Inspections

Legal Center: Fees that City's homeowners were forced to pay to fund unconstitutional "point of sale" inspections must now be returned Cleveland, OH - A federal court certified a class action lawsuit against the City of Bedford, Ohio, explaining…
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Should Public Officials Be Held Liable for Violating Ohioans' Rights?

Court considers whether Secretary of State Jon Husted should be required to compensate Ohioans whose First Amendment rights he violated Cincinnati, OH – On Thursday, December 10, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on…
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Court: Ohioans Have Right to Criticize the Performance of Public Officials

Maple Heights Mayor sued to silence local bloggers for "defamation" and "emotional distress," and violated their right to free speech in doing so Columbus, OH - An Ohio Court late Friday dismissed the case of a Cleveland-area Mayor who sued…
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Ohio School District Forced to Return $5.5 Million in Illegal Taxes to Taxpayers

Indian Hill Board of Education raised taxes without a vote, refused to refund money Cincinnati, OH - After a five-plus year legal battle concluded with an Ohio Court denying all of its objections, the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District…
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Ohio High Court Rebukes School District Tax Increase

Taxpayers cheated by Indian Hill School District's "Inside Millage Move", by raising taxes without public vote Cincinnati - Indian Hill School District's property tax increase without voter permission violated state law, according to unanimous…
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Legal Center to High Court: Cleveland-Area Stormwater Tax Unconstitutional

Northeast Ohio Sewer District tax on "impervious surfaces" is without legislative authorization, and is a property tax without the required voter approval Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law submitted to the Ohio Supreme…
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Legal Center to High Court: Traffic Cameras Unconstitutional in Ohio

Toledo's enforcement scheme for enforcing traffic camera infractions violates Ohio Constitution Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law  submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court its brief in Walker v. City of Toledo asserting that…
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Lawsuit: Ohio's Attempted Medicaid Expansion Unlawful

Governor's end-run around the Ohio General Assembly violates the separation of powers, Controlling Board's vote impermissibly contradicts General Assembly intent Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law late yesterday moved in…
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High Court Will Determine Ohioans Right to Challenge JobsOhio

1851 Center argues that state taxpayers maintain standing to challenge the constitutionality of Corporate Welfare Columbus, OH - The Supreme Court of Ohio heard arguments on January 23 to determine the extent to which Ohioans may take legal…
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Federal Court: Ohio Precious Metals Dealers Licensing Scheme Unconstitutional

Act regulates business in response to constitutionally-protected advertising, and prohibits legitimate purchases of gold and silver Columbus, OH – A federal court late yesterday ruled that Ohio’s regulatory scheme governing those purchasing…
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Federal Court Enjoins Shaker Heights from Blocking Message of Tax-Increase Opponents

Cleveland, OH - A federal court enjoined the City of Shaker Heights from further harassment of Shaker Heights residents city officials silenced through threat of a frivolous trademark lawsuit. The threat had come in retaliation for the citizens'…
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Update: Estate Tax Repeal Signed into Law, Expires January 1, 2013

The legislature has passed a state budget that includes the repeal of Ohio's Estate Tax.  Special thanks to the team at http://www.endohioestatetax.com/ for their leadership in accomplishing a feat that no liberty group before them had accomplished: …
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Jackson v. Bartec

This case is brought on behalf of Zeno’s Victorian Village, a family-owned Columbus tavern. The Center argues the smoking ban unconstitutionally deprives business owners of fundamental property rights. It also argues that the state health…
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Cincinnati Public Schools v. Conners

Cincinnati Public Schools has a policy of prohibiting the use of vacant public school buildings by charter schools and private schools. Historical Overview Theodore Roosevelt School, in Cincinnati, had purchased an unused school building…
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Drees Company v. Hamilton Township

Ohio Townships do not have the power to levy taxes.  That's why they call them "fees." This case argues that "fees" on new homeowners and developers are really taxes and are unconstitutional. Timeline February 14, 2011 - 1851 Center Files…
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Ohio Grocer's Association v. Wilkins

In May 2009, the 1851 Center filed an amicus brief in Ohio Grocers Association v. Wilkins. The brief argues that Ohio’s Commercial Activities Tax is an unconstitutional excise tax on food. It  is levied on Ohio grocers based on the amount…