June Community Update

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June Community Update

A white dog sitting on a teal green wooden chair on a deck in a wooded backyard.

Summer just began and already central Ohio has endured a multi-day heatwave that brought excessive heat advisories and torrid humidity. Amid the 90-plus degree days, it’s important to remember that people aren’t the only ones who suffer through the heat: our furry friends have to deal with it, too. As the licensor of our county’s dogs, I want to offer tips to help your canine family members deal with the heat so we can all enjoy the summer and the upcoming July 4 holiday.  (Some of these tips also apply to cats – though they are not required to be licensed by the Auditor’s office.)

First off, prepare for Independence Day fireworks which might spook your pet. This year Red White and Boom will be held July 3 in Downtown Columbus, and numerous other celebrations will be held in communities across Franklin County on July 4. 

If you’re going to walk your dog, do it well before or after the fireworks display.  Make sure your dog is licensed so if they do become lost or instinctively bolt because of the fireworks, they can be returned to you quickly. Dog licenses can always be purchased online at doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov or in person at the Auditor’s office License Counter, 373 S. High St., 21st floor, Columbus.  

And while you’re on your walk with your canine best friend, remember that the pavement can get hot enough to burn a dog’s paws. Consider walking them on the grass. Make sure they have access to water, and you can also spray them down with water to cool them down.

Ensure they’re leashed and close, and if they need to be comforted, consider playing white noise for them. And of course, never leave a dog or any animal in a hot car.

Summer is a time of festivals, farmer’s markets and fun. Look for Auditor’s office staff to be out and about in our community engaging and letting everyone know about the services of your Auditor’s office. I hope everyone – dogs and humans alike - has a happy July 4th holiday and a great summer.

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Michael Stinziano
Franklin County Auditor

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Auditor's Website: Web Reporter  

One of the lesser-known yet powerful features of the Auditor’s office website is the Web Reporter tool, which can deliver customized Franklin County real estate data broken down by sales, zip codes, districts, amenities, property values, taxes, tax abatements, and dozens of other categories. The tool also enables filtering, which allows users to see a list of properties only for a specific category or categories.

After selecting the information and filters you want, the web reporter generates a comma-separated value spreadsheet (.csv file) which can be downloaded and used on programs like Microsoft Excel or Apple’s Numbers. To get started, visit the Web Reporter here.

Auditor Stinziano presents a True Transactions Award to Ohio Art Mart inside of the establishment.

Ohio Art Market wins June True Transactions Award

Ohio Art Market in Westerville won the June 2024 True Transactions Award for its flawless use of accurate scanners and scales in its sale of arts and crafts made by more than 100 Ohio-based artisans. “I want to complement all of the staff and artists from Ohio Art Market for their outstanding record of using accurate scales and scanners at their store,” Auditor Stinziano said.  

Ohio Art Market was founded in 2011 and has since grown to sell the work of more than 100 Ohio-based Artisans. It is located at 30 N. State Street in Westerville.

Community Hours

July 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:

  • Tuesday, July 2 at 2 pm – Virtual community hours featuring Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery, Mifflin Township
  • Tuesday, July 9 at 2 pm – In-person community hours at La Chatelaine French Bakery and Bistro, 627 High St. in Worthington/Riverlea.
  • Monday, July 15 at 11:30 am – In-person community hours at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Hilliard Branch, 4500 Hickory Chase Way, 1st Floor, Study Room B, in Norwich Township
  • Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 am – In-person community hours at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Karl Road Branch, 5590 Karl Rd. in Columbus/Minerva Park
  • Monday, July 29 at 12 pm – Virtual community hours featuring Fox in the Snow Café, New Albany/Plain Township


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