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Finance Department

Debra MillerThe City of Powell is a home-rule, municipal corporation under the laws of the State of Ohio. The City is empowered to levy property tax and income tax within its boundaries.

The Finance Department is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting of all City operations and is entrusted with collecting, depositing and investing all City funds. The Finance Department also handles many of the human resource, risk management and safety duties for the City. 

Municipal Income Tax

The City of Powell has a three-quarter percent (.75%) municipal income tax that is imposed on anyone who earns income in the City of Powell and on Powell residents who earn income elsewhere. A credit of one-quarter percent (.25%) is available for income earned elsewhere that has been taxed locally by another city, for a net tax due to Powell of one-half percent (.50%).

Estimated quarterly payments are required for individuals who have not had Powell taxes withheld from their income.

The City of Powell income tax is collected by the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA). Tax information and forms are available by calling the central Ohio branch of RITA at 866.721.7482 or by clicking here.

Note: Not all Powell, Ohio addresses are within the City of Powell boundaries. To confirm residency, click here or use this Interactive Boundary Map.


The annual budget serves as the foundation for the City's financial planning and control. Appropriations for the operation of various City departments are established through the passage of an ordinance by City Council. The City Council may pass supplemental appropriations at any time by ordinance.

The City of Powell has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada since 2008.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of frequently asked questions and answers about City finances and taxes, click here.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

The City of Powell issues annual financial statements along with financial note disclosures and statistical information in its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The City has its financial records audited on an annual basis.

The City of Powell has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Governors Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada since 2006.

The City has also been awarded the Ohio Auditor of State's "Making Your Tax Dollars Count" award for multiple years.

Property Taxes

The Delaware County Auditor collects property taxes and other real estate data for all governmental entities in the county and distributes on a semi-annual basis. Information available on the auditor's Web site includes real estate valuation, tax rates and special assessments.

Business Taxes

The City of Powell does not require a special business registration. The State of Ohio does require a Vendor's License and Business Registration in order to conduct sales. The Ohio Department of Taxation has helpful information on its Web site, which can be accessed here.

Community Development Charges

Residents of Murphy Park and Golf Village pay a Community Development Charge for improvements made within each of these Powell subdivisions. The concept of a community development charge is allowed under a specific section (349.01E) of the Ohio Revised Code that has been in existence since the early 1900s. For each of these two developments, the Delaware County commissioners, at the request of the developer (Triangle Properties), authorized the establishment of a financing authority which is a separate taxing district established for the purpose of financing improvements within a specific area.

In Golf Village, the authority is called “The Liberty Community Infrastructure Financing Authority”. The primary improvements financed were the extension of Sawmill Parkway from Seldom Seen Road to Home Road, as well as water and/or sewer improvements. The total cost of the improvements was approximately $22 million.

In Murphy Park, the authority is called “The Powell Community Infrastructure Financing Authority”. The primary improvements financed were the extension of Murphy Parkway south of Olentangy Street as well as water and/or sewer improvements. The total cost of the improvements was approximately $2.5 million.

There are seven board members for each financing authority. Currently, Debra Miller represents the City of Powell by attending the Authority Board meetings. All of the current representatives are elected positions filled by residents of the subdivision. Each board meets annually to set the community development charge or millage necessary to make the debt payment. The maximum amount is 10.25 mills per year, which will continue to be collected until enough development occurs that the millage can be reduced. The boards may choose, at that time, to either reduce the millage or continue to collect the maximum millage and use the funds for other improvements in the subdivision (or pay off the debt early, etc). The millage will continue to be collected as long as additional funds are needed to pay any outstanding debt. This is currently anticipated to be 20 years, but could be as long as 30 for Golf Village residents. The calculation of the 10.25 mills is $10.25 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Assessed Valuation is 35 percent of market value. The community development charge is NOT subject to rollback/homestead reduction factors.

The community development charge is collected by the Delaware County Auditor along with the collection of semi-annual property taxes. The specific charge appears under “Special Assessments” on the bill or may be located on the Delaware County Auditor’s Web site. If you have more questions, please contact Debra Miller at dmiller@cityofpowell.us.      

Other Resources

Ohio Attorney General Foreclosure Resources

RITA Tax Forms

These Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) Forms for 2013 tax filing are available for your use.

Form 37

Form 10A Application for Refund

Form_27 flat

Form_27 Instructions

Form_32 Declaration of Estimated Taxes

Form_37 Instructions

Form_37 Individual Return

Form_75 Registration Form_2013

Application for Extension

Exemption Form

Contact Information

Debra Miller, Finance Director
614.885.5380, ext. 1053