Taxpayers’ Rights

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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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Victory: Ohio Cities' "Pre-Sale" Home Inspections and Fees Unconstitutional

City of Oakwood violated homeowners Fourth Amendment rights through sweeping city-wide  home inspection requirements and must now return in section fees to all affected homeowners February 9, 2018: Dayton, OH - A federal court late yesterday…
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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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Ohio Supreme Court Argument: Can School Districts Raise Your Taxes Without a Vote?

1851 Center argues that Indian Hill School District violated state law by raising property taxes without a vote, while already running huge budget surpluses and maintaining extravagant cash on hand Columbus, OH - The Supreme Court of Ohio…
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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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IRS Targeting of 1851 Center in May of 2010 Demonstrates Broader Corruption

IRS harassment was not limited to "tea party" organizations, and began earlier than many believe Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today emphasized that Internal Revenue Service harassment of groups advocating for limited…
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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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Ohio Candidates Can't Hide Behind Anti-Tax-Pledge Statute

To hold their elected officials accountable, a conglomerate of conservative, libertarian, and tea-party groups representing Ohio taxpayers have recently devised two pledges for state legislative candidates. These pledges are directed toward…

Petitions Submitted to Place Repeal of Westerville School Levy Tax on November Ballot

Columbus, OH – Proponents today delivered over 5,100 signatures to the Franklin County Board of Elections to place an effective repeal of the March school levy tax increase on the November ballot. So long as 3,585 of these signatures are declared…
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Enforceability of Ohio Constitution at Stake in Standing Dispute over JobsOhio

1851 Center supports Progress Ohio's standing to challenge the constitutionality of JobsOhio   Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court a "friend of the court" brief asserting that…
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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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Legal Center: Shaker Heights Threats to Tax-Increase Opponents Unconstitutional

Cleveland, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today filed suit in federal court on behalf of Shaker Heights residents whom city officials threaten to silence through threat of a frivolous trademark lawsuit. The threat comes in retaliation…
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Westerville Taxpayers Move to Repeal March Tax Increase

On May 7, 2012 taxpayers for Westerville Schools, with the representation of the 1851 Center,commenced circulation of an initiative petition to repeal the 6.71 mil tax increase narrowly approved in March after taxpayers defeated a similar measure…

Center Provides A Guide to Reducing Your School District Tax Burden

Ohio school districts continue to surrender to political pressure at the collective bargaining table, failing to curtail school employees’ lucrative compensation packages. And while this undisciplined spending could manifest itself in the…
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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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Oleksa v. Murray

In October of 2010, Mansfield-area taxpayers filed an Ohio Corrupt Activities Act complaint against Gov. Ted Strickland, Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) Executive Director Richard Murray, the Laborers’ International Union of North…

Victory: Gahanna Backs Down on High-Risk Loan Fund

October 18, 2010 - Taxpayer Victory: Gahanna Indefinitely Postpones Ill-Advised $375K High-Risk Venture Capital Loan Fund Gahanna City Council indefinitely postponed a vote authorizing a city-backed $375,000 high-risk venture capital loan…
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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…