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Ohio Senate passes bill to change the process for challenging local property tax assessments

Ohio House Rep. Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township)
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Ohio House of Representatives
Ohio House Rep. Derek Merrin (R- Monclova Township)

Backers say it will be fairer for property owners but opponents say it will have unintended consequences.

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would limit the way local governments contest property values when assessing taxes.

Republican Sen. Lou Blessing III (R-Colerain Township) describes it as "a bill that brings balance to the property valuation complaint and challenge process.” He said the current system hurts businesses and homeowners by allowing unexpected tax increases. And he says this bill will make sure taxpayers who challenge their assessments have a fair shot of winning those appeals.

But Franklin County Auditor Mike Stinziano says the bill goes too far. Stinziano, a Democrat, says some of the changes skew the appraisal and revision process.

“And if that appraised value isn’t captured correctly, it has the consequence of other property owners having to make up that difference," Stinziano says.

Stinziano explains the goal should be to make sure everyone pays their fair share. And if that doesn't happen, he says those who are paying their taxes in full might end up paying higher property taxes.

The Ohio House will have to concur with the Senate's changes to the bill. Then it will head to Governor Mike DeWine's desk for his approval.

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