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You Can Challenge Property Values, but Not Taxes: Understanding Ohio's Tax System

CEO Khai Intela
Property values in Hamilton County jumped 28% based on the latest tax reappraisals. That includes both commercial and residential. Residential values alone jumped 34%. Owners Can Challenge Property Values, but Not the Taxes Have you...

Property values in Hamilton County jumped 28% based on the latest tax reappraisals. That includes both commercial and residential. Residential values alone jumped 34%. Property values in Hamilton County jumped 28% based on the latest tax reappraisals. That includes both commercial and residential. Residential values alone jumped 34%.

Owners Can Challenge Property Values, but Not the Taxes

Have you ever wondered if you can challenge your property taxes? Ohio Auditor Keith Faber recently highlighted in a guest opinion column published in The Dispatch that property owners should check their new property value and file a complaint if they disagree. However, there's one crucial detail that he failed to mention – while owners can challenge property values, taxes themselves cannot be directly challenged.

Taxes are set based on levies that voters have approved and state law. So, even if you successfully dispute your property value, the taxes you pay won't change. This important distinction is often overlooked, causing confusion among property owners.

It's also worth noting that Auditor Faber's voting record includes decisions to raise property taxes, limit eligibility for benefits like the Homestead Exemption, and reduce state funds for local government. These actions have increased the reliance on property taxes for critical services.

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Working Towards Change

Moving forward, it is crucial for Auditor Faber and other county auditors to work together to advocate for changes in state law that protect homeowners. Collaborating with the state legislature is the only way to accomplish this goal. By addressing the limitations of the current tax system, we can ensure fairness and transparency for all property owners in Ohio.

Is 'Galentine's Day' the Next Festivus?

Speaking of celebrations, have you heard about "Galentine's Day"? This joyful occasion, made popular by the TV show "Parks and Recreation," is all about celebrating the love and friendship among women. It's like Festivus, but with a feminine touch.

So, why not embrace the spirit of Galentine's Day? Whether it's treating yourself to a shopping spree or gathering your gal pals for a night of fun, make sure to spread the love and appreciation for the amazing women in your life.

Ohio GOP Supermajority: A Race to the Bottom

Ohio has been making headlines in leading national newspapers, but unfortunately not for positive reasons. The state seems to be competing with other regressive states like Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida in a race to the bottom. Our politics and policies have become a deterrent for population growth and attracting young people.

It's time for voters to wake up and demand change. Our current GOP supermajority is hindering progress in crucial areas such as healthcare, education, and voting rights. If we continue down this path, Ohio stands to lose its potential future as an attractive place to live.

Library Board Misusing Patron Email: A Concerning Act

Recently, Upper Arlington Public Library Board President Peter W. Hahn sent an alarming email to patrons concerning staff unionization efforts. While presenting the board's initiatives as beneficial, Hahn subtly discouraged the need for unionization. However, delivering this message through the library's email account is a misuse of taxpayer-funded resources.

This action not only undermines the staff's right to organize but also manipulates public opinion under the guise of transparency. It's important to respect the autonomy of the library staff in decision-making without undue pressure from the board. If the staff chooses to unionize, those in opposition should reconsider their positions and respect the staff's choice.

Let's strive for a fair and inclusive Ohio, where the voices of both property owners and employees are heard and valued. Together, we can create a brighter future for our state.

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