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Cuyahoga County Treasurer, Christopher Murray

Cuyahoga County Charter - Article V - Appointed Officers
§ 5.07 County Treasurer: Powers, Duties and Qualifications

All powers and duties now or hereafter vested in or imposed upon county treasurers by general law shall be carried out by the appointed County Treasurer. The County Treasurer shall also have such powers and duties as shall be established by ordinance that are not inconsistent with those provided by general law. The County Treasurer shall have had at least five years’ experience in the management of financial matters for political subdivisions.

Christopher Murray, Treasurer, is a graduate of the University of Dayton and has been employed with Cuyahoga County since 1992. During Mr. Murray’s service as interim director of the Office of Budget and Management, Cuyahoga County maintained its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. As interim director, Mr. Murray oversaw the analysis and interpretation of financial matters affecting the county, including reviewing and preparing capital improvement budgets, reporting estimates of resources and expenditures, identifying new sources of revenue and performing debt management functions.

The Cuyahoga County Treasury manages an investment portfolio of over $700 million. Nearly $2.0 billion in annual tax revenue is collected and distributed to schools, libraries, parks, municipalities and to the Cuyahoga County government itself, which provides a myriad of social services to county residents.

Cuyahoga County has over 500,000 real estate tax parcels and, approximately, 2800 manufactured home parcels. Real Property taxes are levied on land and buildings, and serve as the main source of revenue for schools with, approximately, 60% of the tax payment going towards the local school district. For information regarding real property tax calculations, please visit the Fiscal Officer’s website:  https://fiscalofficer.cuyahogacounty.us

The Treasurer’s responsibilities are divided amongst the following divisions:
  • Administration
  • Investments
  • Cashiering
  • Taxpayer Services
  • Tax Delinquency Response Unit (TDRU)
  • Quality Assurance
  • Remittance Processing

The Treasury facilitates various efforts to collect real estate taxes including enrolling taxpayers in the EasyPay auto-withdrawal program for a convenient, secure and budget-friendly way to pay taxes; establishing delinquent tax payment agreements to allow taxpayers to make monthly installments towards a past due/delinquent balance; and, selling tax lien certificates.

The Treasury’s mission is to collect, invest, safeguard and disburse public monies in a legal, efficient and professional manner.