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Property valuations always cause stir

Scott Seitz2 • Sep 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach knew he would hear from county residents once property valuations were mailed recently.

Tkach said Tuesday he wasn't disappointed.

"Many people feel as though their value went down a little too much," he said. "And many people feel their value went up a little too much."

Tkach said, as a whole, residential values went down, while agricultural values were up.

"Stay tuned for what all this means for the school districts," Tkach said, adding he's working on that final analysis.

Each property was viewed, with pictures taken throughout the county.

"We looked at the street view, the aerial view, the property record card and data mailer," Tkach said.

"We're looking at every one of them," Tkach said, adding each property is its own individual entity.

"This is not a perfect process," he said.

That process is part of the six-year reappraisal.

Overall, residential land was down on average almost 12 percent, while residential buildings were down nearly 9 percent.

Industrial land was down 3.8 percent and industrial buildings were up 2.4 percent.

"The Clarksfield grain bins had a major impact on the industrial buildings," Tkach said.

Commercial land was down 5.3 percent and commercial buildings were down 4.5 percent.

Agricultural land was up 172 percent, while agricultural buildings down 3 percent.

Tkach said there's a complicated formula set by the Ohio Department of Taxation that determines the valuation of agricultural land. Tkach added it wasn't a big surprise the valuations jumped so high.

"There have been people who have said these values are not fair and they have come into the office," he said. "These values are not final and will not be final until the end of October or November.

"If someone has a question they can come into the office or make an appointment," Tkach said. "We want to make sure everyone is handled fairly.

"We knew there would be questions because this is not perfect," he said. "We want it to be fair and get it right the best we can."

Tkach said he's talked to local Realtors about the valuations.

"This has created a lot of phone calls to Realtors who are helping people understand their values," he said.

Tkach said some residents aren't happy if their value went down while they're trying to sell their house.

"We want to look at everyone," he said. "The value of county properties change everyday. It's fluid."

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