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Yes, the County Auditor's door is always open and real estate staff are on hand daily.
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The yearly new construction program assures that all parcels of real property that have structural changes are appraised (or "valued") at their current fair market value. This method is established by Ohio law. New buildings in a taxing district also generate "new tax money" for that district.
Yearly inspection of building additions and removals keeps the tax burden equitable for everyone in the county. Otherwise, a property with a new building might not pay taxes on that structure for as many as five years (that is, until the next revaluation). On the other hand, a property with a destroyed building could be paying taxes on a non-existent structure for up to five years.
Yes. A field listing technician will inspect each property that has reported either new construction or building destruction and record relevant information on the county's property record card. The field listing technician will ask questions such as:
Along with the interior building inspection, these, and other questions, enable the County to make a more accurate appraisal.
If no one is home, a card will be left at your property asking you to provide information about the building's interior and any new construction or remodeling. After completing the card, simply return it to the address on the card's front. If you believe the card's information is insufficient, call the County Auditor's Office 419-636-5639, for an inspection appointment. A field listing technician will visit your property again to view the home's interior with you.
A building notice should be obtained by residents for the following construction projects:
Learn more on our Building Notices / New Construction page.
The Ohio Revised Code (5713.17) states: "Upon the discovery of a building…the auditor shall appraise it…together with a penalty equal to 50% of the amount of taxes that would have been charged…from the date of construction to the date of discovery…"
Regardless of whether an appraisal is performed by a bank, a mortgage company, a private fee appraiser, or the County Auditor, the goal is still the same; to estimate today's fair market value (selling price) for a piece of real estate. In other words, if your real estate (land and/or buildings) would sell for about $80,000 in today's real estate market, your appraisal should be in the $75,000 to $85,000 range.
Possibly. If an expensive structure was added to your property, chances are your property's value will be significantly increased. On the other hand, if an expensive building was removed from your property, chances are your property's value will decrease. Your taxes will, quite possibly, do likewise.
Because the real estate taxes are paid one year after they are assessed, any value changes because of new construction (or removing a building) will not appear on your tax bill until the following January.
The subdivisions (schools, townships, villages, city, and the county) are the taxing authorities. Each year these taxing authorities calculate the operating funds they need. If their current funding is insufficient, they can request a levy to be placed on the ballot for a vote of people. This levy is called outside millage.
Therefore, your tax rate can be increased by a vote of majority of people to approve a levy or bond.
Call your County Auditor, Julie Beagle, at 419-636-5639. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.