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Oct 6 2023 - Tentative Property Values for the Triennial Update Available for Property Owner Review: New Website

ATHENS, OHIO – October 6, 2023:  Athens County Auditor Jill Davidson announces that property values have been updated and are currently available for property owners to view on the Auditor’s recently updated website:

Davidson explained, “As Auditor, I am required by Ohio law to update real property values during the third year after a county-wide reappraisal.” The most recent reappraisal was effective for tax year 2020. This process is referred to as the Triennial Update.


The County Auditor is required to update property values based on a recommendation from the Ohio Department of Taxation. The values have been adjusted based on sales ratio studies from the previous three years. It’s important to note that the percentage adjustment will vary based on the sales ratio data. While Residential and Agricultural parcels had the largest percentage increases. Many parcels did not see any adjustment and some may have a percentage decrease.


The update involves a study and analysis to determine the impact that real estate sales had on the neighborhood market values. Properties that have sold in an arm’s length transaction are compared to those that do not have recent sales. When the sales prices are compared with the assessed values, a statistical percentage is determined which indicates the amount of increase or decrease in market value. Assessed values are then updated according to the statistical percentage.


The Auditor’s office is also required to update the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) soil values at the time of the Triennial Update. The adjusted soil values are set by the State of Ohio and are not subject to appeal. Additional information including Triennial Update FAQs, a communication from the Ohio Department of Taxation concerning the CAUV changes and the letter to Property Owners is available on the website or by contacting the office.


Property owners can easily look up the updated parcel data including property attributes and values. To ensure fair assessments, Auditor Davidson commented, “I encourage all property owners to review their property values and the information we have listed for their parcels closely. If any of the property record information is not correct, this is an opportunity for property owners to contact our office so that we can timely correct any errors that may have occurred with the update. “  


The newly updated website makes it much easier for property owners to look up their property values and parcel attributes by using the SEARCH tool. Parcels can be searched on the site by owner name, parcel ID or address. Updated information provided in the parcel data includes the estimated cost of tax levies to the property owner that will be on the ballot this November. Additional tools make it easy to review property Sales Reports to compare their updated value with recent sales.


Property owners should be aware of the following information:

1.      Property taxes will not increase or decrease by the same percentage as your value adjustment.

2.      Property taxes are primarily determined by the voters of Athens County. Newly approved tax levies directly affect your property tax due next year. 

3.      The Auditor’s Office is not able to provide the amount of property tax that will be billed next year until after the election results are certified by the Board of Elections, provided to the State and new rates are calculated.


Auditor Davidson has arranged an opportunity for property owners to informally meet with an appraiser to review their property record and answer any questions they may have.


Appointments can be made by calling (740) 592-3223, emailing [email protected] or stopping in the office located at 15 S. Court Street, Room 330, Athens, OH 45701. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office will be closed on Monday, October 9th in honor of Columbus Day.