Every six years, county auditors reevaluate tax values for properties in their respective counties. If you live in Franklin or Delaware County, there’s a good chance you recently received a red and white paper in the mail, indicating the new value of your property. In December, you’ll get a new tax bill that reflects that change in value. And because of the surge in the housing market, values have been pushing steadily upward. Thus, it’s likely that you’re going to owe more taxes on your properties in the coming years.
Sometimes, however, the new values don’t look quite right. Fortunately, there is an appeal process for the property owner through of the Board of Revision. Our team can evaluate your properties, determine whether we think filing an appeal is worthwhile, hire a professional to give us an appraisal, and then bring your case to the Board of Revision to ensure there is a fair taxable rate on your property. We analyze both residential and commercial properties. We’ll evaluate comparable sales, investigate comparable tax rates for other parcels in the area, and file a Complaint on your behalf. The Board of Revision is comprised of representatives from the County Auditor, Treasurer, and County Commissioner.
Because new values are being given to properties this year, making an appeal in early 2018 would maximize the amount of tax savings possible. Every year that you wait, is one more year where your property might be taxed too high, and then Franklin and Delaware counties will be up again reevaluation in another six years.
If you have any questions about appealing your property values, you should contact an attorney.
Chad Stonebrook is a Partner at Lardiere McNair, LLC. To read more about our firm, please visit www.lmcounsel.com.
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