Is Your Real Estate Property Value Accurate?
While voter approved tax levies have the major impact on property taxes, your property’s valuation is the foundation on which the rate you pay is figured. We reappraise (revalue) Guernsey County properties every three years by state law.
The legal requirements of the reappraisal process mean we are always behind the market. That may be more apparent now than it was when real estate values were rising. The effective date of the appraisal currently in force is January 1, 2015.
If you believe the value we have for your property is inaccurate you can file a complaint with the Board of Revision. The Board’s requirement this year is to look at your value as of January 1, 2020. Based on the evidence presented, the Board can raise or lower a value or leave it unchanged.
To file a complaint, just download and print the forms located here on our website.
Complaints hand delivered to us at Suite 301 of the County Administration Building, 627 Wheeling Ave. Cambridge must be RECEIVED in our office by 4:00 p.m. on March 31st. For complaints filed by mail a United States Postal Service postmark of March 31st is sufficient. (ORC 5715.19)
At your hearing you will need to make your case for the value you seek. Read How to Best Present Your BOR Complaint and Rules of Procedure for BOR Complaints
Remember: The goal of this office is to get your value right. Even if we summarily reduced all Guernsey County property values, it would have a minimal effect on taxes. The millage of most levies is reset after a reappraisal. Taxing entities get the amount you voted. So, if values overall go down, millages increase.
Our work in setting values is controlled by state law and overseen by the State Tax Commissioner. We do our utmost to get it right. We welcome your help and participation.