Leonard Wiggins is the Belpre Tax Commissioner but also wears other hats for the City of Belpre | City of Belpre

Tax Department

Beginning January 1, 2012 the City of Belpre will use the services the Regional Income Tax Agency (also known as R.I.T.A.) whom provides services to collect income tax for 195 municipalities in the State of Ohio.

“The mission of the Regional Income Tax Agency is to provide member communities with high quality, cost effective municipal services. We strive to service member municipalities with integrity and their taxpayers in a professional, courteous, and responsive manner.”

The Regional Council of Governments

In 1971, thirty-eight municipalities joined together to organize a Regional Council of Governments (RCOG) to administer tax collection and enforcement concerns facing the cities and villages. Today R.I.T.A. serves as the income tax collection agency for 195 municipalities throughout the State of Ohio. Refer to the R.I.T.A. Map page to view the list of current municipalities.

Each member municipality appoints its own delegate to the RCOG. Each delegate has one vote on every item that comes before the RCOG, including electing the Officers of the Council of Governments and the R.I.T.A. Board of Trustees. Regardless of the population or tax collections of member municipalities, each member of the RCOG has an equal say in the operations of the Regional Income Tax Agency.

The R.I.T.A. Board of Trustees

R.I.T.A. is governed by a board of nine trustees elected by the Regional Council of Governments. Trustees are elected for staggered three year terms.

Currently, the R.I.T.A. Board of Trustees consists of elected officials and government administrators from R.I.T.A. municipalities. All R.I.T.A. Board members serve on a voluntary basis and meet at least once a month to establish, review, and maintain general operation policies for R.I.T.A. The members of the Board of Trustees appoint the Executive Director, who is responsible for the staffing and operations of the Agency.