Cuyahoga Falls May Lose out on Estate Tax Windfall

It appears a wealthy elderly woman who recently passed away may have actually lived in Silver Lake Village, not Cuyahoga Falls.

Silver Lake Village may actually be the lucky recipient of a lucrative estate tax windfall, not Cuyahoga Falls, the Falls News Press reports. 

Village Solicitor Robert Heydorn told the Falls News, "Both the city and village are aware of the issue and each is now assessing their options."

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart agreed with Heydorn's statement. 

When a wealthy woman in her 80s, who hasn't been identified, passed away in October, Cuyahoga Falls officials believed they were going to receive a $1.3 million estate tax windfall since records indicated she lived in the Falls at the time of her death.

However, it appears, but has not yet been confirmed, that the deceased woman had actually lived in Silver Lake.  

Robart and his administration planned on giving two-thirds of the money to eligible full-time city employees and elected leaders. The disbursement called for each employee to receive a one-time salary supplement of $3,500. Cuyahoga Falls City Council members were set to receive $1,250.

carol December 17, 2012 at 04:57 PM
they were going to give the money to themselves?? what a crock, how many scholarships would that have provided?
Earl Elevant December 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Why on earth is it the city's job to provide scholarships?
wmfr December 17, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Agreed. As a Falls resident, I hope that Silver Lake gets this tax money. I am disgusted and very disappointed Mayor Robart was going to give the money to employees and not save for the city. Times have been tough and raises have not been happening, I understand that, but city employees still get better benefits than the average person and paid higher than the avg joe. The fact that city council would be in line for a bonus is absolutely ludicrous. The fact they these supposedly elected officials are even on a payroll stuns me. I have actually reached out to council at large and Barnhart in past and never even got a call or letter, email back. They go to their meetings and have no real interest in working with citizens. As a supporter or Robart over the past years I have now grown very tired of him and his ideas and the way he runs the city, I truly hope for real change and a new council in this city. The way of doing things is old and outdated.
wmfr December 17, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Scholarships? LOL
Miranda Terry December 17, 2012 at 07:05 PM
No, this money needs to be put into making our schools safer. Our schools are old not only do we need new ones but the ones we do have in the Falls need to me made safer. Please, think of our future, our children!!
Thomas Sullivan December 17, 2012 at 09:35 PM
It is so nice to see that the tea bagger's have everyone drinking their Kool aid , Our Police, Fire, Electric service and Water dept. employees were giving back and doing with out for far to long low. even though a raise bonus is not permanent it was at least something. Wmfr you could have applied for any of those jobs if you wanted to and been paid those better benefits but you didn't , stop whining! What happened to this country? We used to stand for ourselves! When I wanted a raise at the shop I was working at I did it by working for it and my boss made sure we were making what the guys at Ford and Goodyear were making to keep us from going someplace else. Now we look at someone with better health care and instead of trying to get the same we want to take it away. No thats a sure fire way to improving things for the working man. Kasic and that pin head in Wisconsin have you all believing we can balance the budgets on the back of teachers and firemen, when it fact the budget is out of whack because of Bush and Reagan era tax cuts that have the 1% ers not paying their fair share. Keep cutting down your fellow middle class workers and soon WE ALL will have nothing!
Earl Elevant December 18, 2012 at 04:29 AM
That's what a school levy is for.
Brandon December 18, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Forget the scholarships! How about using that money to strengthen the security at all of the Cuyahoga Falls City schools. That would be the most sane and prudent choice.
wmfr December 18, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Thomas you're a complete moron. You must have worked or work for city with this attitude. Also, I am not jealous of the cities paid employees. I have been employed with a private company and have been fortunate to be paid well etc.....I was stating that city employee's normally get paid more than the average person and benefits are great to begin with, that said they still normally have no accountability with their jobs and near impossible to get fired even when they deserve it. That's not my point, my point is that we are in a time of recovery with economy and raises have been slow both in government and private companies. The employee's need to wait until things improve and Robart has ZERO business using Windfall money that the city needs based on what I wrote prior to use a " one time bonus " that money needs to be spent on other things and there's a huge checklist for the city. SO STOP YOUR CRYING! Most people I know have not been getting raises at frequently as they would expect and city employee's need to deal with it like everyone else. They are already more than fairly compensated compared to other cities anyway. GO BEG SOMEWHERE ELSE
Thomas Sullivan December 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I hope you make it a point to tell them that when they are putting out your fire or restoring your utilities.
wmfr December 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
It's a job they signed up for and are paid by tax payers to fulfill. Get over it!!
Thomas Sullivan December 18, 2012 at 05:45 PM
And when they signed up for those jobs they had decent pay and good benefits . Now mindless tea baggers have convinced the ignorant and the undereducated that they deserve nothing, and that son is wrong! I give you a challenge if you know so much, and have such a wealth of ideas to improve the city put your name on the ballot! there are many council seats that ran unopposed last time where were you?????? the mayor ran unopposed , Where were you???? barside and keyboard politicians are are a dime a dozen, take out a petition and put your name on the ballot!
wmfr December 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I see you're getting very emotional so I will keep this short, 1st of all you don't know me or what I stand for, and I love how anyone that does not agree with you is " ignorant and uneducated " a little bitter are we? Also, read my post again. I never said City people do not deserve cost of living increases....Sure they do. However, there's a process for that, and in most cities it's when they plan for their next fiscal year and budgeting. That's how the falls and other cities needs to approach this and if it's out of budget then everyone will have to wait until it is in budget. This is Robart and his administration's job to figure these things out. So stop with your whiny insults and crying for more recognition.....and stop taking it so personal if people don't share your same viewpoints by calling people names and insulting them, it's you that exposes yourself as " ignorant and uneducated " when you hurl insults and make excuses and call names because others don't buy into this nonsense the mayor is selling.
Thomas Sullivan December 18, 2012 at 07:30 PM
wmfr December 18, 2012 at 09:55 PM
We are all good Thomas -=)
Smet December 21, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Tea baggers? Funny. Entitlement never ends. Should wealthy senior citizens of cuyahoga falls or really anybody who actually 'built' their wealth be wary that the entitlement workers may choose who to assist during a crisis. Let's let the wealthy die in order to fill city workers pockets because they deserve it. Sounds like a good movie thriller. Let's call it : Entitlement never ends....
wmfr December 21, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Entitlement - word Republicans overuse in a feeble attempt to create buzz for idiots to blindly follow and sound like a sheep. You may want to go watch more fox news and we can play scrabble after. Here is the first word for you. CLUELESS
wmfr December 21, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I agree w Thomas the workers deserve cost of living increase but it needs to happen with budget increase opposed to giving away lump sums of money the city NEEDS.
wmfr December 21, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I agree w Thomas the workers deserve cost of living increase but it needs to happen with budget increase opposed to giving away lump sums of money the city NEEDS.
Thomas Sullivan December 21, 2012 at 05:39 AM
And you know that never happens Smet, But they always seem to be the Hero in the news paper story and the villain during budget talks. Shame on them for thinking PERS was a safe investment in their retirement they should have taken NASDAQ like you did.
Jimm Motyka March 06, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I love this. What I was trying to tell people at the first Tea Party rally was the fact that Robart was NOT of of us. He was part of the Repulsivecan hijacking of the movement, which was started by Dr. Ron Paul. Anyhow, when I saw Robart's ecstatic reaction to this "estate tax windfall", he was all about how the city could utilize the money. And that action alone showed his true colors. A true Tea Party person would've been fighting against the stealing of this money from the friends and family of the person who passed away, consequently making news for wanting to return the money to the rightful heirs. Oh, not Republican Robart or any of his Republican cohorts. As the Republican Party continues it's slide into becoming another tentacle of a political beast that is out of control, there was not one representative of the Summit County Republican Party that stood up against anyone but the family and friends to be receiving this money. I often tell people not to trust what a person says that they are, but judge them by the fruits of their actions. This showed me that Robart and the Summit County Republican Party is a far cry from the days when Reagan was saying government was too big. It's no wonder why the Democrats didn't run anyone against Robart in the last mayoral election. The Democrats already had their person running, namely Robart.
Jimm Motyka March 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Let's not forget that no one ever asks to see the city's comprehensive annual financial report. For if anyone requested to see that, they would realize the city is swimming in cash (AKA "our" tax dollars).
Jimm Motyka March 06, 2013 at 08:02 PM
The mayor ran unopposed because the Democrats knew they were also running their candidate, who happened to be Robart. If you look at his State of the City speech, it was sounding pretty Green and liberal to me!


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