Ohio law requires the County Auditor to reassess the values every three years based upon market conditions. The State requires the County to increase or decrease values in each area based on the sale price of homes. This process is called “Mass Appraisal.” We have not been in most of the homes, we are making estimates based solely on sale prices and comparing homes in the area.
In 2022 the answer for most is very little. In normal years, taxes do not go up as much as values. That is because some tax rates decrease at the same rate that values increase. As a rule of thumb, we say that your taxes will go up half as much as your value, ie… if your value goes up 16% your taxes would go up 8%.
However, in anticipation of the coming increase in value, and thanks to conservative fiscal policies, several local governments have declared a “Tax Holiday” for 2022. This means that they will not be collecting all or a portion of their voted millage for one year.
Warren County Commissioners – granted a 100% tax holiday on their small portion of the property taxes.
Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities – are continuing to roll back their levy as they have for several years to keep taxes down.
Warren County Senior Services – granted a 100% tax holiday as costs have been below anticipated and revenues have been higher.
Mason-Deerfield Library – continuing tax roll back of a portion of their voted millage
Mary L. Cook Library – rolling back a portion of levy as revenues have exceeded costs.
Turtlecreek Township – granted tax holiday as carryover balances have remained high.
Washington Township – continue tax rollback as costs have stayed lower than anticipated.
You can anticipate property taxes to go back up in 2023. The general rule of thumb of your taxes going up by half the percentage your value went up will likely apply for 2023.
If your property is in a Residential TIF district, such as Timber Ridge, Waterbury Village, Eagle Ridge, Renaissance, Riverside, Greens of Bunnell Hill and Union Village, the local governments are not permitted by Ohio law to roll back taxes or grant a tax holiday so you will not see a reduction in 2022. Your taxes will likely go up about half the percentage your value went up.
No. The County is not receiving one dime in property taxes in 2022. Most years it costs the County more money to reassess properties than it makes in raised revenue from higher values. State law requires the reassessment to maintain fairness in taxation.
70-75% of your taxes go to pay for your local school districts. In Ohio School districts are largely funded by local property taxes voted on by the taxpayers of that community. You and your neighbors get to decide what your taxes are based on how you vote on those levies. Of course, there are consequences to not voting for levies, but the great part about a democracy is that we get to decide as a community what we want to support and what we don’t.
We appraise 110,000 properties. We will have some properties that are too low and some that are too high. We try to error on the side of too low, but occasionally a property will be over appraised. If you believe your property is over valued you can schedule an appointment with a County Appraiser to review your property individually. If you still are not satisfied with your value, you have the right to file a complaint with the Board of Revision and show that your value is too high.
Good evidence to provide to both the County Appraiser include, but are not limited to: a recent sale of the property for less than the Auditor’s value, a recent fee appraisal showing a lower value and/or evidence of damage or issues with the home that may impact its value.
For more information visit www.wcauditor.org