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Chaos as 10,000+ Residents of Ohio Town Ordered to Show Up at Tax Office at the Same Time

Nearly 1,000 residents of the Cleveland suburb of Lorain, Ohio, flooded the city treasurer's office last week after more than 10,000 people received subpoenas to appear at 9:00 a.m. on August 17 over delinquent taxes.

According to local reports, the line snaked around the block as residents waited their turn to settle their tax issues with the city — and most were hopping mad about the inconvenience and the city of Lorain's poor planning.

Cheryl Merryman told The Chronicle-Telegram that she waited in line for more than three hours. Another resident told WKYC that she waited for seven hours.

“We all got a subpoena for the same time at the same place to show up here for our city taxes. So here I am,” Merryman said. “I am a bit salty because I didn’t file mine because I am waiting for Nesco Resources to fix my W-2, which they said I worked in a different city and I did not.”

“I was given 45 minutes by my boss to make it down there and back, there was just no way that I would have been able to make that happen," a Lorain resident told a local blog called Scumbagged. "There’s lines lining up around the corner of 4 different buildings, it’s insane.

“This is absolutely nuts,” Lorain resident Angela Parks told The Morning Journal. “I’ve been in the line for a half hour and can’t see the end."

“There was something that wasn’t filed properly, and I think that is what you have with most people,” Parks said. “I have never seen anything like this."

“People have to miss work because of this. It’s ridiculous being in this line that won’t end anytime soon," she added.

Many people took to Twitter to voice their frustrations:

Terro Soto, the Lorain city treasurer, told The Chronicle-Telegram that the city resorted to subpoenas after spending months trying to contact residents by mail and via newspaper and social media notices.

“They did not file by April 15, so the first week in June we sent them a notice called a delinquent tax filing,” Soto said. “They did not answer to that letter. Now it is almost three months later.”

“These people needed to file local city taxes and they had to file by the due date this year, which they got two extra days and the deadline was April 17,” she explained. “They did not file their city of Lorain income tax. In the state of Ohio, you have to pay where you work and file where you live.”