Mike Kovack

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

144 N. Broadway St, Medina, OH  44256
Medina:  (330) 725-9754     Toll free:  (844) 722-3800, ext. 9754


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Auditors Office Recognized for Excellence

Sharon Creswell and Marybeth Guenther of the Medina County Auditor's accounting office oversee financial reporting for the county.  Their efforts last year resulted in the receipt of the Government Finance Officers Association award of the Certificate of Excellence for the 23rd consecutive year.  See the full story in The Post.


County Joins Effort to Aid Monarchs

The Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District is joining a national initiative to save monarch butterflies.

"The monarch population has declined drastically in the last 20 years," SWCD educator

Linda Schneider said.

She said the reason for that is because the amount of milkweed, which is the sole source of food for the monarch's caterpillar stage, has declined.  Read

Katie Anderson's full story at The Gazette.



Weavers Close Sharon Printing

After nearly 40 years of printing for companies, organizations and private individuals locally and elsewhere, Sharon Printing Company is closing its doors. The business was established in September 1976 by Sharon Township resident Jerry Weaver at his Beach Road home, while still working as a printer at B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron. He joined the Akron firm in 1958 after returning from a three-year stint in the U.S. Army.  Read Rita Jean Wagar's full story in The Post.


Injured Wadsworth Marine Battles Back

In 2006, Bryan Carpenter, then 20, was traveling in an armored vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded.

"My injuries were pretty severe," Carpenter said.

"From bone fractures to nerve damage, the healing process was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. When I woke up after my two-week coma, I was told I would never walk again," he said. 
The story of Lance Cpl. Carpenter's trials and tribulations are told in his book, "Never-ending Battle After Iraq: A Marine's Road to Recovery," which was published in mid-January.  Read
Nikki Rhoades full story in The Gazette.


County Officials Lukewarm to Waste Mall Idea

Medina City Council invited Wadsworth, Brunswick and Medina County officials for a discussion Monday on a recycling option that's been talked about across the county since last June - a waste mall.

At the joint meeting at city hall, the Cleveland-based Optiva Group has proposed to take over the Medina County Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township and build a $50 million facility where it would supply materials that can be recycled to manufacturers to make new products on-site.

The concept has not been tried anywhere else.  Read Katie Anderson's full story in The Gazette.


Pet-Tacular Coming to Medina County in May!

After 18 years of hosting the regional adoptathon, the Medina County Auditor's Office is shifting gears to bring you the first ever Medina County Pet-Tacular in May!  Rescue groups will still be present with animals for adoption, but this event will feature all things pets!  Don't miss your opportunity to be a vendor or a sponsor of this first annual event at the fairgrounds on Saturday, May 7th!  Get information on sponsorship HERE and get info on exhibiting HERE.  See you at the first annual Medina County Pet-Tacular!


Compare Property Tax Rates in Area

Cuyahoga County has the highest property tax rates in Ohio, but other large counties are not far behind. 
In fact, among Ohio's 88 counties, those with the highest average property tax rates are - in order - Cuyahoga County, Montgomery County (Dayton), Franklin County (Columbus), Lucas County (Toledo) and Hamilton County (Cincinnati).
Average rates in these counties range from $2,721 per $100,000 of home value in Cuyahoga County to $2,247 in Hamilton County.  The average tax rate in Medina County is $1,729.  Read Rich Exner's full story at Cleveland.com.  


Don't forget, property tax bills are due Friday, February 12th.

Think your property value is too high?  You have the ability to appeal your value to the Medina County Board of Revision (BOR) until March 31st.  The three member board will consider your evidence, research evidence of their own and then determine whether to change your value or not.  They are tasked with setting your property at market value - whether that is higher or lower than where it is now.  Find instructions and the form necessary to file at  BOR.

Are you 65 years of age or older this year?  Have household income (Ohio Adjusted Gross Income) of $31,500 or less?  You are eligible for the Homestead Exemption on your property!  You must apply no later than the first Monday in June.  Persons who are permanently and totally disabled are eligible also.  Find the form necessary at Homestead Exemption.

Have a great weekend!  

Mike Kovack   

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Steel Drum Concert in Wadsworth http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/3556609a-1a78-4301-9a6d-f4c1d2f4afaf.pngTravel to Trinidad and Tobago in your own back yard and dance in the aisles to the sizzling sounds of The University of Akron Steel Drum band as they perform at Wadsworth High School Auditorium, 625 Broad St. on Thursday, February 4 at 7 pm. This award winning steel drum ensemble is a superb cure for the winter blahs!  Tickets are $12 at door, $10 in advanced at Buehlers. More information at ORMACO.  


For the Love of Chocolate Festival http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/8d3c1e13-acc8-4c65-9106-1b853972e618.jpgLove chocolate?  You'll love Faith in Action's Chocolate Festival on Saturday, February 6 from 11 am to 3 pm!  Over 30 vendors will be offering up savory samples.  There will be Candyland games for kids, unique Valentines Gifts, a photo booth, food demonstrations and more!  Tickets are $10 for for 8 samples at the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road.  See Chocolate Festival for more information.  


Rotary Wine & Roses Benefit http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/12b1cbbf-037e-4194-9eae-6255a37d905c.jpg

The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club invites you to their 17th annual Wine & Roses Benefit at Weymouth Country Club on Saturday, February 6 from 6 pm to midnight.  Tickets are $99 per person and include a romantic dinner, complimentary cocktail, great music & dancing.  For info lisa.hamilton@53.com or 440-668-7001.


http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/c28fd5d4-0498-42b5-9b83-d127e855f957.jpgMedina Bees Baseball Reverse Raffle   

The Medina Bees baseball program will be hosting a special Reverse Raffle on Saturday, February 6th at Rustic Hills Country Club from 6pm - 11pm.

Tickets for the event are $30 each and include dinner, beer and reverse raffle ticket.  A grand prize of $1500 will be awarded to the winner. To purchase tickets, contact any baseball player, Coach Kaplack, boostertreasurer@medinabees.org or 330-416-7964.  



Lafayette Firefighters Breakfasts http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/33265f50-daec-42cd-af05-6a781f47389b.jpg

The Lafayette Township Firefighter's Association will begin holding their annual All You Can Eat Breakfast on Sunday, February 7 from 8:30 am to 1 pm at Fire Station No. 2, 5834 Heather Hedge Drive, Chippewa Lake.  Breakfasts will continue every Sunday in February.  Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (65 or older), $5 for children (ages 3-8) & veterans with ID.  

http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/4483236f-93e2-4f74-b554-6415af063cb5.pngNorth Coast Browns Backers Super Bowl Party

The North Coast Browns Backers will host their Super Bowl watch party at Johnny Malloys Sports Bar, 1038 N. Court St., Medina.  They will feature raffles for Browns, Cavs & Indians memorabilia with all proceeds benefiting their scholarship fund.  Indians Opening Day tickets will also be on sale.  20% off regularly priced food.  For more info on the Browns Backers go to NCBB.  


http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/b61f9f14-17ec-4380-a622-75a0593119e5.jpgFish Fries Begin

Lenten season is upon us and so are Fish Fries!  Both St. Ambrose Parish, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick, and the Brunswick VFW Post 9520, 1439 S. Carpenter Rd., Brunswick, will kick of their fish fries Wednesday, February 10.  St. Ambrose's runs from 4:30-7 pm and The VFW's runs from 5-7 pm.  Both will continue on succeeding Fridays through Lent.  Want to volunteer at Saint Ambrose? Contact Linda at seapines8@aol.com or 440-289-9757.


Music in Medina County http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/62265e80-e34c-4943-92d7-9f0e3a468c9d.jpg

42 Eighty Concert Club
Saturday, Feb. 6 -
Custard Pie - cover


High & Low Winery
Thursday, Feb. 4 - 
Little Steve-O, 6 pm

Main Street Cafe
Tuesday, Feb. 9 -
Hollywood Slim Band, 8 pm

Sully's Irish Pub
Friday, Feb. 5
- Gary Gormley, 8:30 pm
Saturday, Feb 6 - Smug Saints, 8:30 pm

Thirsty Cowboys
Thursday, Feb. 4 - Karaoke, 9 pm
Friday, Feb. 5
- Kentucky Thunder, 9:30 pm - cover
Saturday, Feb. 6 - Spitfire, 9:30 pm - cover

Wednesday, Feb. 3 - Open Mic Night, 7 pm 


Soil & Water Seedling Sale http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/cf4e87d7-7029-4123-a826-790c53a37713.jpg

The Medina County Soil & Water Conservation District is taking orders for a wide variety of tree and shrub seedlings for pickup in April.  You can get all the information and order forms at Soil & Water. Orders must be placed by April 1st.


Other Events 

February 4 - Family Law Resource Center, Brunswick.  5:30-7:30 pm.  The Medina County Domestic Relations judicial attorney will be available to answer questions regarding family law (divorce, separation, domestic violence, post decree and unmarried parentage issues). Walk in basis at Brunswick Library

February 6 - Kids4Hope Club will host a movie night at 6 pm at the Highland High School auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for "Letters to Juliet" and "Ever After." Child care provided for a donation for youngsters 3-8 who will watch "Despicable Me."

February 6 - Boyert's Greenhouse is sponsoring free events Birding 101 at 2 pm & a kids birding activity at 3 pm.  RSVP to 330-725-3509.

February 7 - Pancake breakfast at Saint Ambrose from 8 am to noon sponsored by Scouting Troops 3513 and 513.  $6 for pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, fruit, bakery, coffee and juice!

February 7 - Model Railroad & Toy Show 10 am to 4 pm at Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Rd., Medina.

February 8 - I'm Very Fond'ue Cooking Class at Buckeye Library by local foodie Norma Moyer, 6:30 pm.  Sign up by calling 330-725-4415.

February 8 - Spencer Historical Society meeting, 7:30 pm at Town Hall.


Medina County District Library Events
Wadsworth Public Library Events
Medina County Park District Events
Northern Ohio Railway Museum
Rockin' Robin's Amazone Family Entertainment Center
Rinky Dink
Romp n Stomp
Bricks 4 Kidz
Ohio Regional Music Arts & Cultural Outreach 


Employment Opportunities 

 Direct Care Staff for Adults with Disabilities - $9.75 to start with increase after 45 days. Benefits available. Must have high school diploma/GED and good driving record. Apply at SHC/The Arc, 4283 Paradise Rd, Seville. 

Production Crew, Valley City Nursery - Reliable workers 8-4:30 Mon-Fri. No experience necessary. $9/hr. Call Melanie at 330-591-9308.


CELL-O-CORE - Hiring packers, 3rd shift. Starting wage $12/hr with benefits.  330-239-4370 or in person at 6935 Ridge Rd, Sharon Center.

Retail Counter. Part time - afternoons & Sat. Good customer service, some computer skills, light sewing helpful but not necessary. 330-764-3000.

BARTENDER WANTED - Part-time, no experience necessary, flexible hours, apply at the Midway Tavern, 9977 Lafayette Road, W. Salem.

Financial Analyst, Medina - Excellent Excel skills, payroll, GAAP familiarity a plus.  Full-time.  MORE INFO

Cleveland Cavaliers Ticket Account Executive - Ticket Sales 


See the Auditor's Employment Page for more opportunities.


Scholarship Opportunities 
The Medina County Retired Teachers Association will award two $1000 scholarships to Medina County high school graduates who are going to be juniors or seniors in a College of Education.  Information available at Retired Teachers.  Deadline to apply is May 1.

The Hinckley Women's Club is offering two $500 scholarships to Hinckley residents pursuing or planning to pursue post-high school training.  Applications available at hinckleywomensclub.com.  Deadline to apply is March 15.

The Berea Business & Professional Women (which includes Medina County) is offering the Jeanne Squire Memorial Scholarship with an application deadline of April 1.  Applicants must be seeking entry or re-entry into the workforce or advancement in career goals pursuing a two or four year degree.  Complete the online application at www.bereabpw.org. 


Register to Vote!

The last day to register to vote in the March 15th primary is Tuesday, February 16th.  You must be a citizen and have been a resident of Ohio for 30 days to be eligible.  You may register at the Medina County Board of Elections, any public high school or vocational school, any agency that provides public assistance or at any public library.  Questions?  330-722-9278. 




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