Have you received your property tax bill for 2009?

I’ve heard complaints from homeowners in both Erie County and Lorain County that tax appraisal valuations have kept increasing recently even though the bottom has been falling out of the northern Ohio housing market since 2000.

I think it’s worth noting that County Auditors will be up for election in 2010, and it’s not too early for challengers to launch campaigns and start raising money.  Just fill out a Designation of Treasurer form for your campaign committee and submit it to the Board of Elections, as I’ve written about in this blog entry, and you’ll have the greenlight to start raising campaign funds.  You won’t have to worry about circulating petitions until the beginning of next year.  In my opinion, both Erie County Auditor Tom Paul and Lorain County Auditor Mark Stewart are tyrants that ought to be replaced by voters.

I understand that the property valuation should be a rolling average of at least the past three years, so perhaps there might be a little bit of a lag between what the market value drops to and what the tax valuation drops to, but I’m hearing complaints that tax valuations in the two counties keep creeping UP, not down.  I’ve seen tax valuations for properties that are higher than the selling price ever was and higher than the marketplace could ever sustain.  Such practices amount to nothing short of a money grab by county government, specifically, the County Auditors’ offices.  Some politicians don’t respect the citizens enough to put tax increase proposals on the ballot, and some even ignore the citizens after they have voted down tax increases, and they use these ever-upward-creeping assessed property values to artificially inflate tax revenues.  Meanwhile, it’s no secret that REAL market values for homes have been plummeting for eight or nine years now, and assessed values should have been dropping downward to reflect that dynamic.

So what should you do beyond vote out these tax-grabbing county auditors?

That Woman’s Weblog has an excellent article on this very topic.  It is possible for you to request an appeal of your home’s tax appraisal valuation.  Please check it out and follow up.  Don’t let yourself be a victim of artificially inflated tax appraisal valuations.

11 Responses to “Have you received your property tax bill for 2009?”

  1. thatwoman Says:

    thanks for the mention the article was sent to me from a realestate company but they neglected to say which one 🙂 …… Cheers Loraine

  2. Loraine Ritchey Says:

    Well Daniel I have just reprised the Staubach report article on Lorain…and I wonder will we ever have LPACC 🙂

  3. RGW Says:

    What I do not understand is why the County Auditors Office refuses to ever give support or communicate how they arrive at a property’s “value”. A few years ago when they increased the value of my property by 50%, and I asked the office what support did they have for such a large increase, they arrgonantly relpied that I would not understand. Nevertheless, they did the same overvaluation to the neighboring property which ended up selling for far less than the reappraisal. Mark Stewart should be removed from office.

    • buckeyerino Says:

      Mark Stewart will not leave office without being voted out, which means that he needs competition at the ballot box. Let’s hope there are challengers who are making plans to run against him in next year’s elections.

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  5. John Says:

    I have a question that pertains to county property taxes, who in their infinite wisdom gave the authority to the schools to challenge a persons request for property tax reduction ?

    So far I have only heard of this in Erie county being allowed

    • buckeyerino Says:

      In our nation, throughout our states and our communities, authority supposedly is granted by the people. If the people believe that authority has been overstepped, it’s up to the people to do something about it. Challenging candidates need to be recruited, and the citizenry must inform themselves and vote.

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