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Athens County Board of Revision to Meet

 

Athens, OH, April 20, 2022:  The Athens County Board of Revision is scheduled to meet in person on Friday, May 6, 2022 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the County Auditor’s Conference Room, First Floor, Courthouse Annex.

County Auditor Talks Tax Levy Adjustment

 

Athens, OH, April 12, 2022:  Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson has prepared a worksheet for property owners to help them better understand the impact ballot issues may have on their property tax bill.

The spreadsheet breaks down each tax levy ballot issue and clearly provides the estimated cost for a home valued at $100,000. If the issue will result in a tax increase, the estimated increase is calculated.  

The worksheet is specific to the tax levies that are on the May 3, 2022 Primary ballot for voter consideration.  The worksheet includes Estimated Annual Revenue to the Political Subdivision and Estimated Annual cost per $100,000 home value.   This information will allow property owners to see what the proposed levies will cost before voting. 

The proposed Athens City Income tax levy does not have an effect on property tax amounts.  It is included on the worksheet for informational purposes only.

 

 
 
 

 

Legislative Change for Exempt Property Owners  

Notification Requirement for Property Owners of Exempt Property

Athens, OH— February 16, 2022:  Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson explains that Ohio will now require owners of exempt real property to notify the county auditor if the property “ceases to qualify for exemption.” The Ohio Tax Commissioner recently prescribed a form (DTE 23N) pursuant to the requirements of Revised Code 5713.083 as enacted by House Bill. 110, 134th General Assembly and distributed a notice to all county auditors.

The provisions of the legislative change became effective on September 9, 2021 and will apply to property owners for tax year 2022 and every year thereafter.

The owners of property appearing on the exempt list are required to notify the county auditor, by the prescribed form, if the property ceases to qualify for exemption. Upon receipt of the notification, the county auditor shall return the property to the tax list.

County Auditor Jill Thompson is pleased with the legislative change and will be sending a notification to every owner of exempt property to make sure they are aware of the notification requirement. “Our office currently maintains an exempt list that includes 4,282 exempt parcels with a total valuation of over $477,915,530 of assessed (taxable) value,” said Auditor Thompson, “While a significant portion of that exempt is state or federally owned, there is still a significant portion that is not. It is important for our office to be notified when a parcel no longer qualifies.”

The legislation specifies that if the county auditor discovers that an owner failed to properly notify the auditor, as required under the revised code, the auditor shall impose a charge against the property described in that division equal to the total amount by which taxes were reduced for any of the five preceding tax years that the auditor ascertains the property was not entitled to the exemption and was owned by the current owner.

“Up to this point, Ohio law has not imposed a penalty or notification requirement. If a use changes and a property no longer qualifies, we are not notified and are left to discover the change.  This change should return those properties that no longer qualify to the tax list in a timelier manner.” Said Auditor Thompson.

 

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Athens County Auditor Receives Award

 

Athens, OH, June 15, 2021: The Athens County Auditor's Office recevied an award of Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) for fiscal year 2019.

 
 
Tax Relief Available for Damage resulting from Wind and Storms
Ohio law provides for a reduction of taxable value for property owners when damage has occurred.

 

In the wake of the recent storms and wind, Auditor Jill Thompson alerts property owners of real estate and manufactured homes that they may claim a reduction in the taxable value of their property for any damage that has occurred.

  • Property owners must file an application with the county auditor timely
  • The amount of the reduction is prorated based on the calendar quarter in which the damage occurred
  • Even when the damage is repaired promptly, property owners should take pictures of the damage and file them with the notarized application

Auditor Thompson noted, "With the wind damage and storms that occurred recently, property owners deserve the relief that this law provides. My staff will be available to assist applicants in completing the form properly so they can get the reduction they are entitled to."

Applications can be downloaded from Auditor Thompson's website atwww.athenscountyauditor.org or can be mailed by calling 740-592-3223.

  • Form DTE 26 – Application for Valuation Deduction for Destroyed or Damaged Real Property
  • Form DTE 49 – Application for Tax Refund or Waiver for Destroyed or Damaged Manufactured Homes