April 24, 2014

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Property tax information now can be found online

MEDINA — Updated information on home and other property values is now available online.

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack announced Sunday that this year’s tax bills — based on last year’s state-mandated reappraisal — are posted at www.medinacountyauditor.org.

Tax bills are expected to be mailed in mid-January by the county treasurer’s office. The tentative due date for first-half Medina County taxes is Feb 14.

New property values, based on the reappraisal that covered the years 2010-12, were announced in August. Informal appeals were held last fall.

Kovack said about 1,000 requests for informal hearings were handled — the fewest in his 20 years as auditor.

One reason for the downturn in complaints is that most homeowners saw their home values drop. The reappraisal found total home values in the county declined 4.8 percent since the last update in 2010.

Total value of all types of property in the county — residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial and other categories — fell 3.4 percent.

Property owners who think their values are too high can file formal appeals with the Medina County Board of Revision no later than March 31.

Kovack is warning property owners to be wary of companies offering to assist with property valuation appeals.

“The type of information these companies are trying to sell is available for free on the Medina County Auditor’s website,” Kovack said. The complaint form and an explanation of how to present a case at the board is also posted on the site.

Kovack said a private company recently mailed letters to area residents saying they could be overpaying their taxes, citing an “audit review” of values.

Kovack said property owners can do their own research and file an appeal for no charge with the county Board of Revision.

“The information is available and easy to access,” he said. “Why pay some out-of-town company to provide what you can get for free?”

Kovack also pointed out that no company can guarantee a value reduction by the Board of Revision, as claimed in some mailings.

Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.

How to find your tax info

Homeowners can find information about their property by going to the auditor’s website, www.medinacountyauditor.org, and clicking on “Property Srch” near the top of the screen.

The search works best by putting in as little information as possible. Use only the property owner’s name — last name first with no commas before the first name.

When searching by the address of the property, use only the street number and name without “street, avenue, drive” or other designations.

Once the property is found, click on the parcel number on the right. Then press the “Tax Bill” tab near the top.

The amount on the bottom left represents the first half-year bill and the amount on the bottom right represents the full-year bill.