Why does property have to be assessed?

Ohio law mandates a visual appraisal of each parcel of property once every six years to ensure fair and equitable values. The appraised valuation of a property is used for taxing purposes. Our property tax system is the basis for sharing the costs of government services such as public schools, police and fire protection, libraries, senior center services, etc. The amount of tax responsibility for each property is in proportion to that property’s value and location in that taxing district.

What is a reappraisal (revaluation)?

Every Ohio county is required by state law to reappraise all parcels every six years for property tax purposes. It is a systematic review of all real estate within Paulding County for the purpose of setting fair market values as of a specific point in time. During a reappraisal, every neighborhood is reviewed and adjustments are made to county records to be sure that all property is assessed at a fair and equitable market value. To determine the value of a property, current property data will be verified, sales throughout the county will be researched, properties of similar types will be compared, current construction costs will be examined and rental income will be researched. Paulding County is scheduled to complete the next reappraisal in 2022 for taxes payable in 2023.

Who is conducting the reappraisal project?

Lexur has been hired by the Paulding County Auditor's Office to assist in conducting the reappraisal project. Lexur is a highly respected, reliable company conducting mass appraisals for many years. Lexur’s trained professional can be identified by ID badges which should be visible and by cars marked with Paulding County Auditor’s office information.

How can I review my property information?

You may access your property records via this website through a search by parcel number or owner name. You are also welcome to stop into the county auditor’s office to view your information. If you find any discrepancy in your property information, or if you have questions, call the office at 419-399-8205.

If I think my appraisal is wrong, what can I do about it?

You should first try to decide for yourself what your property is worth. Look at area sales in your neighborhood and compare assessments of similar homes in your neighborhood. Our website is an excellent source of information. Corrections that involve wrong square footages, date of occupancy, destroyed buildings and other "clerical errors" can be made at anytime. Just bring proof of the error or allow our appraisers to make an on-site inspection, and we will make the necessary adjustments. Taxpayers will be given the opportunity to discuss their new tentative valuations with appropriate officials at a time to be announced. If, after these informal meetings you are still not satisfied that your property is valued correctly, a more formal appeal process is available to you after you receive your first half tax bill. At that time, you can contact the Auditor’s Office for a Board of Revision Complaint Form. If the complaint involves an opinion of value, and no clerical errors are present, an appeal with the Board of Revisions is the next step. Board of Revision complaint forms can be obtained from our office and must be returned to our office by a specified date.

How can my assessment change if I haven’t done anything to my property?

General economic conditions such as interest rates, inflation rates, supply and demand, and changes in tax laws, will influence the value of real estate. As property values change in the market place, those changes must be reflected on the final values.

What will happen to my assessment if I improve my property?

Generally speaking, improvements that increase the market value of a property will increase the assessed value. The following are typical items that will increase the assessed value of your property: room additions, new decks, and new outbuildings, such as garages. Primarily improvements requiring a building permit will increase the assessed value. Conversely, if a property has been damaged or destroyed the market value is likely to decrease.

How are property values kept current between reappraisal years?

In addition to a reappraisal every six years, Ohio law also mandates a triennial update be done three years following a reappraisal which is based on sales of real estate that have taken place in Paulding County. The triennial update is done without an on-site visit to the property. The next triennial update is scheduled for 2019 for taxes payable in 2020.

I need to change the address where my tax bills are mailed. How do I do this?

The County Treasurer's office is responsible for tax mailing addresses. They also can answer questions concerning delinquencies, due dates, tax payment programs and other items relating to the actual payment of your tax bill.