Attorney General Yost, Auditor Nix Tour Shared Harvest


In advance of National Weights and Measures Week, Ohio Attorney General Dave
Yost and Butler County Auditor Nancy Nix toured Shared Harvest Foodbank on Thursday, Feb. 29, and
announced that more funding will be store for the foodbank.
Nancy Shared Harvest
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office first announced on Feb. 20 that foodbanks and food pantries
throughout Ohio will once again split some proceeds from a settlement – this time with Family Dollar.

Shared Harvest recently benefitted by nearly $14,900 when Auditor Nix selected the non-profit to
receive Butler County’s portion of the Dollar General settlement funds resulting from the suit brought
by the Attorney General’s Office. Yost announced last November that $750,000 would be distributed to
food banks or other hunger-relief organizations. The latest settlement with Family Dollar earmarks
$250,000 more and Butler’s portion will once again go to Shared Harvest.

“We’re pleased to host Attorney General Yost and Auditor Nix,” said Terry Perdue, executive director
of Shared Harvest Foodbank. “Both of these individuals have demonstrated tremendous leadership and
compassion for the work that we do.”

Less than a week after the Butler County Auditor’s Office announced in October 2022 that all 20 Dollar
General stores in the county had failed price verification checks conducted by the office, Yost sued the
company for violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act. The lawsuit, filed in Butler County
Common Pleas Court, stated that Dollar General listed false prices on items and engaged in bait
advertising.

In November 2022, all 13 Family Dollar stores in the county also failed price checks by error rates
between 12 and 84 percent. A store is only allowed a plus or minus 2 percent error rate. Yost’s office
also sued Family Dollar in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

As part of the settlement with the state, Family Dollar acknowledges violations of the Ohio Consumer
Protection Sales Act.

“Our county auditors play a vital role in making sure that retailers operating in Ohio have fair and honest
pricing,” Yost said. “That’s why we're partnering with the auditors and channeling settlements dollars
back into our communities.”

Weights and Measures Week is celebrated March 1-7 each year to commemorate President John Adams
signing the first United States weights and measures law on March 2, 1799. National Consumer
Protection Week, which is March 3-9 this year, is closely related.

The Weights and Measures efforts at the Auditor’s Office are directly related to consumer protection.

There are about 415 retail stores in Butler County and another 143 retail fuel stations with
approximately 1,326 fuel pumps in the county. There are also 591 point of sale scales
(checkouts/registers), 382 computing scales (deli type scales), and 1,108 timing devices.

Weights and measures officials operate in today’s marketplace to protect consumers and provide fair
competition among businesses. Inspectors examine price scanners in electronic point-of-sale systems to
make sure customers are charged the right price for their items. Inspectors check signage, advertising
and price computations in all types of businesses to make sure consumers are not misled or cheated.

“It’s a big job that has been tasked to county auditors in our state,” said Nix. “Consumers rely on us and
we’re working hard to assure accuracy and honesty.”