Duke Energy Ohio, which is appealing the 2009 property taxes it owes to the state, said last week it had reached an agreement with Ohio to minimize the short-term impact of the dispute on local governments. The company’s decision to withhold part of its 2009 payments has meant fiscal uncertainty for many municipalities that collect the money.

Duke officials said they negotiated a short-term agreement with the state Department of Taxation to reduce the impact of the dispute on local governments and school districts.

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