Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 Written by JOEL E. MAST
County auditors across the state are letting property owners know there are some matters best handled without outside help.
A valuation appeal is one such matter.
“The information is available and easy to access,” Logan County Auditor Michael E. Yoder said. “Why pay some out-of-town company to provide you what you can get for free?”
In recent years, county auditors have seen a growth in companies offering to assist property owners with appeals.
Basic fees start at $99 and can go up to half of any tax reduction won by the property owner.
Mr. Yoder reports Tax Compliance Services LLC of Cleveland has mailed letters to area residents saying they could be overpaying their taxes because “the County” value of their property might be in error.
Property owners can do their own research and can file an appeal for no charge with the Logan County Board of Revision.
Information concerning their property as well as recent sales of comparable properties can be accessed online at www.co.logan.oh.us/auditor/index.html.
The information also is available at the office.
Mr. Yoder said no one can offer a “guarantee” of a value reduction by a local board of revision.
“Promises of ‘risk free’ filings are extremely misleading. Each case is considered on its merits and the BOR can increase, decrease or allow the value to remain the same,” he said.
The BOR is a three-member board which includes a county commissioner, as well as the county treasurer and county auditor.
Mr. Yoder completed a full reappraisal effective for tax year 2013 which will be payable in calendar year 2014.
Owners who believe their value is inaccurate should file their complaint in the Auditor’s Office. Complaints are accepted between Jan. 1 and March 31 each year.
Complaint forms and instructions are available at the office or may be obtained at our Web site.