New Requirement for Townships that Operate Traffic Enforcement Cameras
A recent change in the FY 2020-2021 Transportation Budget (House Bill 62 of the 133rd General Assembly) requires any township that operated or contracted with another party to operate traffic enforcement cameras during the preceding fiscal year to file a report with the Department of Taxation on or before July 31st of each year. The annual report must include the following information for the prior fiscal year:
• All civil fines collected for any violation of a township resolution based on evidence from a traffic enforcement camera; and
• Civil fines collected for any violation of a township resolution that occurred within a school zone based on evidence from a traffic enforcement camera.
Please note, the reporting requirement only applies to townships that operated or contracted with another party to operate traffic enforcement cameras during the prior fiscal year. See R.C. 5747.502(A)(1). Townships required to file a report for FY 2019 must do so by July 31, 2019. Failure to provide the report in a timely manner will affect the township’s eligibility for local government funds. See R.C. 5747.502(D).
To assist townships in complying with this new requirement, the Department of Taxation has created a report. To obtain a copy of the sample report or for additional information, please visit tax.ohio.gov or contact the Department at (614) 466-7150.