Summit County is giving furloughed federal workers a break.

The employees won't be required to pay their first half 2018 property tax bills until they return to work. The partial government shutdown began Dec. 22.

“Many people in our community have been negatively impacted by the government shutdown, through no fault of their own," county Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise said in a prepared statement. "They are struggling to pay bills and support their families. By offering an extension on property tax payments, I hope to provide some relief during this challenging time.”

The affected workers must request an extension by Feb. 15 by calling 330-643-8472 or emailing summittreas@summitoh.net.

To qualify, the employees also must meet the following requirements:

• Property must be residential and owner-occupied

• Owner must be a federal worker affected by the government shutdown

• Owner must provide documentation showing loss of wages, benefits, or income due to the government shutdown

• Property must be current on property taxes