Informal Property Value Hearings
Ashtabula County Auditor David Thomas and his office will be holding informal hearings with property owners now through October 7th to discuss property value complaints.
Property owners who believe that the Auditor’s value is not accurate, can speak with Auditor staff through the first week of October to discuss reasons why the value should be lowered.
The value could be different for a number of reasons according to Auditor Thomas. A sale that occurred in 2021 or 2022 below the Auditor value, changes in condition, or information important to value that the Auditor’s Office may not have.
Auditor Thomas encourages property owners who are requesting an informal hearing to have photos and evidence of condition issues of the property, or a list of errors if the Auditor’s property description is incorrect. “IE square footage discrepancies, buildings destroyed, etc.
“The more information and data our office has to make value determinations, the better,” stated Auditor Thomas.
Auditor Thomas noted, “those that do attend the informal process will not be receiving a determination from the Auditor, if the findings presented to the Auditor result in a valuation change, the property owner will see values upon receiving their 2022 tax bill”
If the property owner is not satisfied with the informal decision a formal hearing process can be filed from January 1st through March 31st.
Please note those who filed a Board of Revision complaint in 2022 were doing so to challenge their January 1, 2021 value and cannot appeal again until 2024. Informal hearings however can occur on a property yearly regardless of Board of Revision filing or status.
Residents wanting to request an informal hearing can do so in a variety of ways. Property owners can call 440-576-1484 or email TRFrable@Ashtabulacounty.us to schedule a meeting either in person, virtually, or on the phone.
In addition to traditional work hours’ availability, the Auditor’s Office will also be hosting evening hours on Wednesday, September 28th from 5-7pm at the Jefferson Henderson Memorial Library.