Property re-appraisals under way

Published 9:33 am Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In about another week Lawrence County property owners will find out if, and by how much, their property has gone up in value.

The County Auditor’s office is putting the finishing touches to the list of values to submit to the Ohio Department of Taxation for final approval.

“We are in the process of finalizing. It is a two-step process,” Deputy Auditor Chris Kline said. “The tentative abstract has been approved where they look at the basic values. (The department) has approved the basic values.”

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Next the county office must update those property records.

“Now we have to add all the new construction and take away the demolition,” Kline said.

Construction can include the addition of rooms to a house or a swimming pool.

The auditor’s office is hoping to get those final figures ready by the end of the week. Kline said final approval from the state could come in another week or two.

The re-evaluation is mandated by the state to be conducted every six years. This year Appraisal Resource of Findlay conducted the re-appraisals.

After the state gives the final approval, the county’s first-half property tax bills will be sent out. They will be due in about a month.