Q: I vaguely recall receiving a “Proposed Value Notice” last summer about the proposed new value of my home. Is it too late to do anything, and what was that all about?
By: Katie Weber
A: It’s still not too late! Here’s the background: In Cuyahoga County, the County Fiscal Officer is responsible under Ohio law for the valuation of all real estate in its respective county. Real estate is reevaluated in two cycles, the sexennial reappraisal (every six years) and the triennial update (every third year between reappraisals). The key difference between these two reevaluation cycles is the scope and methodology. Although both use an analysis of recent comparable sales to set value on a parcel-by-parcel basis, the Sexennial Reappraisal requires all property to be personally viewed.
Proposed Value Notices were sent out in Cuyahoga County this past July that provided the new proposed value that was determined during the reappraisal. This notice should have provided a “Market Value” and an “Assessed Value.” The “Market Value” is defined as the price your property would likely sell for in an open and competitive market between a willing buyer and seller. “Assessed Value” on real estate is set at 35% of market value by the State of Ohio. Assessed Value is the value of taxable property to which the tax rate is applied to compute the amount of property taxes.
Cuyahoga County allowed informal appeals. However, regardless of whether an informal appeal was filed or the outcome of the informal appeal, property owners are entitled to challenge the tax evaluation through the formal appeal process with the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision. Tax Evaluation Complaints are accepted between January 1, 2019-April 1, 2019 for the 2018 tax year.
In order to successfully challenge an increased appraisal, evidence will need to be submitted that shows the property was reevaluated incorrectly. A recent sale that is below the reevaluation is strong evidence in addition to evidence regarding some form of damage or destruction that impacts the property’s value. Otherwise, a professional appraisal of the property may need to be done in order to have sufficient evidence to successfully challenge the reevaluation.
If you think that the county has incorrectly evaluated the value of your property, give us a call in order to discuss in more detail whether you could bring a successful appeal.