MEDINA — Some visitors at last weekend’s Medina County Home and Garden Show went home with more than just ideas for home improvements.
They got some money to pay for the projects.
County Treasurer John Burke said his booth at the show found $20,324.85 in unclaimed funds held by the state.
Burke said deputy treasurers Debby Atkinson and Anne Murphy did the computer searches that discovered the money.
“My office really tries to make this process easy to return the monies due to the rightful owners,” Burke said. “With the use of our laptop, Internet card and printer, we can search by just a last name for the whole state of Ohio for unclaimed funds and print out the form right at our booth.
“Debby and Anne have been trained on the paperwork and expediting the process so we may get monies refunded as quickly as possible. It is a completely free and confidential service.”
Unclaimed funds are monies that have been left behind from past deposits or checks uncashed for five or more years. Forgotten savings, checking accounts, utility deposits, stock dividends and safe deposit contents are among the most common unclaimed funds.
According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Unclaimed Funds, $6,102,511.72 already has been claimed by current or former Medina County residents, with $5,568,770.32 still remaining to be claimed.
The county treasurer’s unclaimed funds booth will be at the Medina County Fair and at local libraries, grocery stores and drug stores throughout the year. A complete schedule will be published in Tuesday’s Gazette.
For more information, call (330) 725-9199 or visit the treasurer’s website, www.medinacountytreasurer.com.