Hilliard’s Finance Department pays the City’s bills, issues debt, collects income tax through the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) and prepares the operating budget, capital improvements budget, and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The finance director is the City’s fiscal officer, oversees the department, and serves as a financial advisor on municipal affairs for Hilliard’s City Council and city manager.
In 2019, the City of Hilliard received a Moody’s Investors Service Aaa bond rating, the highest rating Moody’s provides. Moody’s also reports that it projects a stable outlook for the City’s financial future. As of 2019, only 15 other municipalities in Ohio had a Aaa rating.
Hilliard has a mandatory tax filing. All Hilliard residents age 18 and older must file an income tax return every year by April 15 (or by the following Monday if April 15 is a weekend day), regardless of whether they work within this city. Hilliard residents must pay the City a 2% municipal income tax unless they are taxed by the district in which they work. Residents can file annual income tax forms electronically, or the income tax return forms can be found under “Additional Links” below.
The income tax division of Hilliard’s Finance Department oversees the City’s income tax collection and provides information to residents to ensure they can file income taxes correctly. RITA processes City income tax returns and collects the taxes that are due.