In Summit County Ohio, the county including Akron, Fairlawn, Hudson, Twinsburg, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls and others, there are approximately 270,000 taxable parcels of land.There are two major factors that influence the amount of real estate taxes a Summit County property owner owes: the value of the property as determined by the Fiscal Office Real Estate Department, and tax levies, most of which are decided by the voters.
How to Appeal Your Summit County Tax Appraised Value
So what happens if the county has your property valued at an amount higher than what you think is a reasonable market value? The amount you pay in taxes could be higher than justified if it’s based on an inflated, or inaccurate, value. The property owner then has two means of appealing the tax appraised value of their property: (all details can be found at the Summit County Fiscal Officer website but it can be hard to navigate)
Sexennial Reappraisals & Triannual Appraisal Updates
Special meetings are held to appeal reappraisals and appraisal updates – usually in September and October of the sexennial reappraisals (i.e. 2014, 2020, 2026) and the triannual appraisal updates (2011, 2017, 2023). Read Property value notices to be mailed from August of 2014 to see how Summit County scheduled special meetings for property owners who wanted to contest their newly reappraised values. These meetings are typical held in locations around Summit County i.e. Fairlawn, Uniontown, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls and Akron for property tax payers to speak individually with a county appraiser. If you feel your home was over-valued, it is recommended that you bring evidence, like a property appraisal from a certified residential property appraiser (i.e. Fast Appraisals) in order to support the value you feel the property should more accurately be appraised for.
Tax Valuation Appeal to Summit County Board of Revisions
The Summit County Board of Revision reviews complaints about property values each year from taxpayers who do not agree with our valuation of their property. Summit County Board of Revision complaint forms (DTE 1) can be submitted January 1, 2015 – March 31, 2015.When a complaint is filed, it is the Board of Revision’s responsibility to investigate and issue a decision on whether a correction should made to the valuation. The Board does not hear complaints regarding real estate taxes but only the county appraised market value on which your property tax is based. The rate at which you pay your taxes is determined by a number of factors, including levies and local municipalities, and therefore the tax rate is not a consideration of the Board of Revisions.
During the Board of Revisions process the board will ask that the complainant provide evidence to support their claim – such as an appraisal report prepared by a certified appraiser. To order an appraisal report from Fast Appraisals visit our tax appeal appraisal page or call our office at (216) 932-4663.