Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart has some explaining to do. It seems she has opened herself to a big box of questions.
Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart has some explaining to do.
It seems she has opened herself to a big box of questions.
Her office requires those who want to view property records or sales on the auditor's website to pay a $15 monthly fee -- $180 a year -- to examine public records.
"Due to budget restrictions, this website is a subscription only service. The subscription price is $15 per month, and subscriptions may be purchased by contacting the Monroe County Auditor's Office at (740) 472-0873. Thank you!," says a notice.
Problem is, it is illegal under Ohio law to charge the public to view public records, whether online or in person.
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost fired a warning letter across the bows of a few county recorders last year when his office found them illegally charging fees to access public records online.
Auditor Neuhart was not available to answer questions today. Monroe County is in southeastern Ohio, hard against the Ohio River.