Only days remain for Franklin County homeowners to appeal property values

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Franklin County homeowners hoping to reduce their property taxes have only a few days left to appeal their home values.

Property owners have until the end of Monday to challenge values with the county’s Board of Revision, which hears complaints about values.

County homeowners last year received the first full reappraisal of their properties since 2017, and for many, the results were shocking. Home values in the county rose an average of 41% from the last (mid-term) reappraisal three years earlier, ranging from 17% in Grandview Heights to 68% in Whitehall and 70% in the part of Hamilton Local School District in Franklin County.

The increase led to roughly a 6% increase in property taxes (not including any new millage approved last year).

Homeowners who think their values are incorrect may appeal online at franklincountyauditor.com/bor.

They can also file in person. The Franklin County Auditor’s office will hold the last of 30 in-person filing sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Monday in the Franklin County Courthouse Auditorium, 373 S. High St.

“This is the final opportunity for any property owner who feels their value needs to be adjusted to work with your auditor’s office to have an impact for this year,” Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano said.

After Monday’s deadline, property owners will not have another opportunity to appeal their values until November.

So far, 6,800 property owners have appealed, up a little from the 6,200 who filed in 2017, the last year of a full reappraisal in the county. 

In recent non-reappraisal years, the number of homeowners who challenged their values with the Board of Revision ranged from 384 in 2022 to 925 in 2019.

Thousands of county homeowners already challenged their values in special sessions held in the fall by the auditor’s office. More than 10,000 property owners attended those sessions, challenging values for about 24,000 properties. Approximately 48% of properties reviewed saw a change in value, according to the auditor’s office.

Homeowners challenging their values should be prepared with evidence such as a recent sale, an independent appraisal, sales prices of comparable nearby properties, proof of incorrect auditor information on the property or photos of poor interior conditions.