Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
Republican Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo says he’s been working with lawmakers to draft a bill that would give the spouse of a police officer, firefighter or paramedic who died on the job a 50 thousand dollar property tax break until the spouse dies or marries again. As a local official, Mingo says he might expect some of his colleagues could raise concerns about the cost, which he estimates to be about 150 thousand dollars a year.
“Given the sacrifice of our first responders, no matter the cost, we should be willing to pay it.”
Mingo also backed a plan to give a property tax break to disabled veterans. Since it passed in 2014, he says it’s cost the state less than a half a million dollars.