CUYAHOGA FALLS: A plan to give Cuyahoga Falls employees a one-time salary supplement from a $1.2 million inheritance tax has hit a snag.
The money would come from the estate of an 88-year-old woman who died in September 2011.
It turns out she might have been a resident of Silver Lake Village when she died, which means the money would benefit that community.
Silver Lake Mayor Bernie Hovey would not go into detail about the woman, whose name has not been made public.
“The executor of the estate, who lives in Silver Lake, told me that the person who died has lived in Silver Lake for her entire life, except for the last couple of years, when she was in Cuyahoga Falls.”
Hovey could not confirm the woman was living in a Cuyahoga Falls nursing home. He did say she maintained her residence in Silver Lake, and it remained in her name until a few months after her death.
“Cuyahoga Falls and Silver Lake have had very amiable discussions,” Hovey said. “We want to figure out what the facts really are here.”
The law directors for both communities are working on the issue, Hovey said.
He said he doesn’t think where a person dies determines their legal residence.
“The fact that the residence was maintained in that person’s name, to me that establishes residency,” he said. “But I’m not a lawyer, so I’ll have to wait and see how this turns out.
“Our lawyer and Cuyahoga Falls’ lawyer are talking.”
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