maintaining a listing of the funds
About Unclaimed Funds
The Geauga County Auditor maintains a listing of the funds, which are considered to be unclaimed, and are unable to be disbursed to the party due to either a party’s failure to cash the checks within the 90-day time frame or the lack of a valid address. The county is required to maintain these funds per section 9.39 of the Ohio Revised Code, which states:
All public officials are liable for all public money received or collected by them or by their subordinates under color of office. All money revived or collected by a public official under color of office and not otherwise paid out according to law shall be paid into the treasury of the public office with which he is connected to the credit of a trust fund and shall be retained there until claimed by its lawful owner. If not claimed within a period of five years, the money shall revert to the general fund of the public office.