HEARINGS UNDERWAY ON PROPERTY VALUE APPEALS

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The Board of Revision has begun holding hearings for the more than 4,300 appeals filed by Montgomery County property owners following last year’s property revaluation.

County Auditor Karl Keith said his office expected the number of appeals to increase this year as a result of setting new property values, though this amount is far less than the record amount of appeals filed after the county’s last revaluation in 2008.  Keith encouraged property owners to file appeals if they disagreed with the values determined by the county.

“The opportunity to appeal is part of the revaluation process,” Keith said.  “This is a way for property owners to participate in the process and make their voices heard and we welcome their involvement.”

The county made available an online appeal option this year for the first time allowing property owners to submit their appeals over the internet.  Keith said more than 600 appeals were filed using the new online option.

While the increase in the number of appeals was expected, Keith said the high volume of cases will require extra effort to complete hearings by the end of the year.  Plans are being made to seat a second Board of Revision to assist in conducting hearings.  The second Board is expected to begin hearing appeals later this summer.

Even with two Boards holding hearings every day, Keith said it will take months to work through this year’s caseload.  Hearings are expected to be conducted through the end of October.

The Board of Revision is a quasi-judicial, three-member board that hears complaints regarding the valuation of property for taxing purposes.  The Board consists of a representative of the county auditor, the county treasurer and the Board of County Commissioners.  The auditor serves as secretary and administrator for the Board.

Board of Revision hearings are open to the public and are held Monday through Friday between 8:00am to 4:00pm and typically require 10 minutes for residential hearings and 15 minutes for commercial hearings.

More information about the Board of Revision is available at www.mc-bor.org or by contacting the Board of Revision at (937) 496-6856.

Date: May 13, 2015

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