May Community Update

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May Community Update

"Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano checks the calibration of a supermarket scale with small hand weights.


With the informal start of summer, residents are out and about, traveling, enjoying farmers’ markets and enjoying the pleasantly warm weather. More than ever, your Franklin County Auditor’s office will be hard at work protecting consumers as they travel the county, attending events and making summer vacation trips.

At the gas pumps, Auditor’s office weights and measures inspectors have been diligently checking to ensure accuracy and that no credit card skimmers are present. Inspected pumps have stickers reflecting their certification, and a QR code that can be scanned should there be questions about the gas pump. Though finding skimmers has become very rare with the advent of chip-based card readers that encrypt information, the office must remain vigilant so that it remains rare.

At scanners and scales in places like farmers’ markets and grocery stores, inspectors are checking to ensure that scales are calibrated and scanned prices are accurate so that you get what you pay for. Two years ago, these inspections helped uncover problems at area Dollar General stores, which were rectified after the state filed a lawsuit against the company.

The office continues to offer eAlerts to protect homeowners from fraud. Any change to a property’s information with the Auditor’s office results in an immediate email notification to the homeowner. Signing up is free and can be done by searching for a property and then click on the red “Sign Up for or Manage Property eAlerts.”

Your Auditor’s office will continue to work hard to safeguard Franklin County consumers from fraud. We will remain watchful, working for consumers and making sure everyone can enjoy their summer activities. 


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Michael Stinziano
Franklin County Auditor

Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano poses behind an office outreach table at Grandview Hop.

Look for us in Your Community this Summer 

Look for your Auditor’s office at various festivals and events this summer, educating and advocating about the services of the office out in the community.

Staff will be present at most of the major events in central Ohio, including but not limited to: ComFest, numerous Juneteenth celebrations, the Columbus Arts Festival, the Hilltop Bean Dinner, Columbus Children’s Festival, Stonewell Pride, the Franklin County Fair, Worthington Arts Festival, Bexley Porchfest, Reynoldsburg Tomato Fest and Paws in the Plaza.

For more information or to suggest an event the Auditor’s office should attend, contact the office’s Outreach team at 



A screen capture of the new mapping feature of Abatements in Franklin County featured on the Auditor's Office Tax Incentive Hub website.

Auditor’s Website: Tax Incentive Hub

Tax incentives are widely used in Franklin County and Ohio, and your Auditor’s office wants to ensure transparency regarding their use by municipalities. That’s why the office maintains one of the most comprehensive web tools available: the Tax Incentive Hub.

The Hub features interactive maps that show where the incentives are in use, the different types of incentives, data about the incentives, and the legislation that created each incentive. The maps can break down the tax incentives by municipality, so residents can see which are in use in their neighborhood.  

The Hub also lists the effects each incentive has on government agencies that depend on tax revenue, and it links to specific information about each incentive at the individual municipality’s economic development website.

For more information, visit the Hub.

Auditor Stinziano stands with the owner of Aspira Market in front of a deli counter, holding an true transactions award between them.

Apsara Market Wins May True Transactions Award

Apsara Market on the west side of Columbus has won the May True Transactions Award for its outstanding use of accurate scales and scanners in its sale of southeastern Asian foods. “Congratulations to the team at Apsara Market, who prioritize their customers through their use of accurate scales and scanners in the sale of their quality Asian goods,” Auditor Stinziano said.

Founded in 2006, Apsara market offers customers high-quality southeastern Asian foods and ready-to-eat dishes. It is located at 801 Harrisburg Pike just south of the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus.

Community Hours

June Community Hours

Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano continues to hold weekly Community Hours meetings where residents can stop by and visit, or join virtually via Facebook @mstinziano, and share firsthand their feedback and ideas about the Auditor’s office or any concerns they have.  

Community Hours will be held at the dates and locations listed below:  

  • Monday, June 3 at 6:15 pm – In-person community hours at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall branch, Study Room C, 4445 E. Broad St. in Whitehall
  • Tuesday, June 11 at 11 am – Virtual community hours featuring Bake Me Happy – North Market Bridge Park, Dublin
  • Monday, June 17 at 3 pm – In-person community hours at Grandview Heights Library, Conference Room A, 1685 W. 1st Ave. in Grandview Heights
  • Monday, June 24 at 1:30 pm – Virtual community hours featuring Stadz Pizzeria, Jefferson Township


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