Since taking office in 2011, Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE has worked hard to keep her promises to the citizens and property owners of Summit County.

  • Kristen was one of the first in the State of Ohio to develop a Veteran ID Card Program, issuing over 8,000 identification cards to honorably discharged military veterans in Summit County and spreading awareness about the importance of recording military discharge papers
  • As a moving force in establishing the Summit County Land Bank, Kristen currently serves as Chairperson and has helped lead the efforts to eliminate nearly 1,500 vacant and abandoned properties in Summit County, with hundreds more scheduled to be razed this year
  • Kristen implemented some of the strictest regulations in the State of Ohio to better protect the owners of over $3.2 million held in County unclaimed funds from scams and predatory third parties; her efforts resulted in $1.2 million returned rightfully and fairly to owners from to present
  • Maintaining her commitment to quality customer service, Kristen introduced a new way to pay real estate taxes with secure, fast, and reliable cash payments by utilizing MoneyGram, an in-person payment service conveniently offered at over 40,000 locations nationwide
  • Kristen introduced the online Missing Pet Network to unite lost pets with their owners, and she continues to host Kristen’s Kanine Search to help citizens identify lost dogs using a searchable database of approximately 25,000+ registered dogs in Summit County
  • Working with Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, Kristen implemented a cash payment method to better assist families with making child support payments
  • Kristen launched a public access module to facilitate electronic recording of property records (e-recording) and offer more accurate online public record searches in the Recorder Division; the improved platform allows property owners and real estate professionals to electronically record, search and download property records such as mortgages, subordinations, assignments, and releases
  • Kristen developed the Parcel Combine Program to assist citizens owning multiple, adjoined parcels to combine them into one, potentially lowering their property appraisal value and property taxes; the program has benefited 5,811 property owners since 2011
  • To streamline the property appraisal process and save tax dollars, Kristen equipped County appraisers with state-of-the-art, tablet-based technology to provide remote access in the field and the ability to sync directly to the Fiscal Office’s Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal database, eliminating excessive data entry and paperwork
  • Kristen has aggressively collected $271,738,943.63 million in delinquent real estate taxes and redistributed it to taxing districts entitled to revenues from property tax collections for their operations, including local school districts, public libraries and county services such as Developmental Disabilities Board and County of Summit ADM Board  
  • Joining forces with local leaders and agencies, Kristen initiated the Delinquent Tax Coalition Committee to address the needs of Summit County homeowners. Since its inception, the committee has helped thousands of residents with housing issues