The 2011 Reappraisal » Informal Value Reviews


The Franklin County Auditor's Office will be sending out a tentative value mailer in late August 2011. This letter will offer the opportunity for a Franklin County property owner to meet with an appraiser to offer additional information pertinent to the value of his or her property.

These Informal Value Review sessions will be take place from Wednesday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 29. You can find Informal Value Review locations closest to your home by your zip code. Owners can then present information recommending a different value. If you have paperwork to bring forward to justify a possible change in your 2011 tentative value, please bring the suggested information listed below to an Informal Value Review. You can bring one or several of these supporting documents:

  • Recent color photographs of the home and property.
  • Any sale of a comparable property in the past two or three years that is considered an Arms-length transaction. Please note that we do not utilize Short Sales, Foreclosure Sales, Sheriff Sales, or any other type of distressed transactions.
  • A property appraisal that has been done within the past year by a certified Ohio appraiser.
  • A copy of the conveyance form and/or the final purchase agreement if you recently purchased the home.

All property values will be finalized in November for use in the December tax billing.

If you have any questions, please call 614-525-HOME (4663). There also is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Informal Value Review process at the bottom of this page.

We cannot calculate your taxes based on your new value until after the November election results are finalized and the new tax rates are released in December.

The dates, times and locations of these Informal Value Reviews are listed below (all times 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

Wednesday, August 31
Franklin County Courthouse Auditorium
373 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, September 1
American Legion Post #144
3253 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43207

Tuesday, September 6
Groveport Recreation Center
7370 Groveport Rd., Groveport, Ohio 43125

Wednesday, September 7
Raymond Memorial Reception House
3860 Trabue Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43228

Thursday, September 8
New Albany Church of the Resurrection - Ministry Center
6300 E. Dublin-Granville Rd.
New Albany, Ohio 43054

Monday, September 12
Aladdin Shrine Center
3850 Stelzer Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43219

Tuesday, September 13
Grove City #37 Elks
2140 Sonora Dr., Grove City, Ohio 43123

Wednesday, September 14
Jewish Community Center
1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209

Thursday, September 15
Dublin Community Rec Center
5600 Post Rd., Dublin, Ohio 43017

Monday, September 19
Worthington Community Center
345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, Ohio 43085

Tuesday, September 20
American Legion #532
1571 Demorest Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43228

Wednesday, September 21
Clintonville Women's Club
3951 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214

Thursday, September 22
Makoy Center - Emerald Room
5462 Center St., Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Monday, September 26
Reynoldsburg Eagles #3261
1623 Brice Rd., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

Tuesday, September 27
Grange Audubon Center
505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

Wednesday, September 28
Clintonville Women's Club
3951 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214

Thursday, September 29
Raymond Memorial Reception House
3860 Trabue Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43228


Questions

Answers

Q. What is an Informal Review?

An Informal Review is a forum meant to answer questions on the new property valuations. Property owners are asked to come prepared with documentation regarding specific issues with their new assessments.

Appraisers will take notes as to the property owners' concerns and specifics regarding their property. Each property that had an Informal Review will then be reviewed on an individual basis to determine if there is a change of value warranted.

Q. If after an Informal Review, the property owner still disagrees with the assessment, what is the next step?

If, after an Informal Review, a property owner still disagrees with the property assessment, the property owner may then file an application to appear before the Board of Revision. The Board of Revision will review the application and make a determination as to the disposition of the complaint.

Q. How does a homeowner apply for an appeal with the Board of Revision?

Applications will be available starting January 2, 2012 in the Franklin County Auditor's Office or online at www.franklincountyauditor.com. All applications are due to the Franklin County Auditor's Office no later than April 2, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Q. What are the steps in the Informal Review process?

Step 1: Before coming to the informal review meeting, take a few minutes to:

  1. Look at the new market value on your value change notice and ask yourself, "Is this a price at which I could reasonably be expected, and able, to sell my property?" "Is it too high?" "Is it too low?"
  2. Check with local real estate agents about property values in your area. Ask them the price they might put on your property if you were putting it on the market.
  3. Check with the Franklin County Auditor's Office for the sale price for homes in your neighborhood. (This information can be found on the Real Estate Page on www.franklincountyauditor.com by clicking "Area Sales Activity.") Determine which properties are most like yours. This gives you an idea of marketplace reality.

Bring this information with you to the meeting.

Step 2: If you disagree with the new market value that is on your value change notice, also bring with you:

  1. Recent color photographs of the subject property.
  2. Summary pages from properties in neighborhoods similar to yours that have sold during the past two to three years.
  3. If you have recently had your property for sale, bring evidence of any listings or offers that were made.
  4. If you already have one on hand, a property appraisal that is under one year old, and that was performed by a certified or licensed appraiser.
  5. If you recently purchased the home, a copy of the conveyance form and/or the final purchase agreement. Note that we do not accept transactions such as foreclosures, sheriff sales, or any distressed transaction.

Step 3: Attend the Informal Review

During the meeting you will have an opportunity to:

  • Discuss the information that is on your updated property record;
  • ask questions about the valuation process; and
  • discuss your opinion of your property's estimated market value.