Mahoning County Auditor announces deadline to file property value complaint

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Homeowners in Mahoning County who don’t agree with the valuation of their property for tax purposes can file a complaint.

Mahoning County Auditor Ralph Meacham announced Wednesday that taxpayers can filed a complaint, and a hearing will be scheduled to present evidence in support of what they think is the true value of their property.

Meacham adds that the burden of proof is on the homeowner.

Evidence for property can include a closing statement, a purchase agreement, or a copy of a conveyance statement of recently purchased property; marketing/listing agreement of the property if it is for sale; photographs; and new construction costs. Lease agreements or rent rolls are accepted if applicable; professional estimates of costs to repair deficiencies; three years of Income and Expense Statements or appropriate schedules of the complainant’s Federal Income Tax return; construction costs of a new building certified by the builder and including land costs; and an appraisal report by a certified appraiser.

Evidence that in not especially relevant to property valuation includes nuisances in the neighborhood, disputes, sewer problems, dissatisfaction with increased taxes.

Meacham is asking taxpayers who are interested in filing a Complaint Against the Valuation of Real Property to call his office at (330) 740-2010 to request a form be mailed to them.

Complaints must be filed and received in the Mahoning County Auditor’s Office by 4:30 p.m. on or before March 31, 2016.

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