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Number crunching under way, new valuation for office complex coming soon

Scott Seitz2 • Jun 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Expect a decision on the valuation of the Huron County Airport office complex soon.

"I hope to have a number by the week of June 16," Auditor Roland Tkach said Monday.

Tkach, along with a team of deputy auditors and an appraiser from Appraisal Research Corp., toured the office complex in May to gather information.

The current valuation on the complex is about $400,000.

The airport board hired its own appraiser who came up with a figure about $90,000, prompting Tkach and crew, at the request of the commissioners, to tour the facility to see if a valuation adjustment was warranted.

Airport supporters are hoping to have the valuation lowered and in turn decreasing the property taxes.

"Right now, we're waiting on numbers," Tkach said.

"Essentially, we will have to have another hearing," he added, referring to a board of tax revision meeting on the complex.

The county commissioners are the building's owners.

"We are going to schedule a hearing," Tkach said, adding the commissioners will be invited. The meeting is open to the public.

The board of revision consists of Tkach, Kathleen Schaffer, treasurer, and Tom Dunlap, county commissioner.

"The interesting thing is, if the new number is significantly different, the original appraiser will be cross-examined at how he arrived at that number," Tkach said.

Could the new appraiser also be cross-examined?

"Could be," Tkach said.

"The way we are handling this is the same way we would do for any taxpayer," he added. "The board of revision is collecting information to make an informed decision."

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