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Effective January 1, 2018, there will be an average 14% combined rate increase to water and sewer bills in Montgomery County. The rate increase will vary depending on the size of your water meter and your average water usage.
Average Montgomery County residential customers pay about $170 per quarter for water and sewer. This rate increase will add about $24 to their quarterly bill in 2018. To put that in perspective, that's just one extra cent for every 6 gallons of water.
Business and commercial customers require more infrastructure and service capacity than residential customers (e.g., water main size, fire suppression needs, and consumption patterns). (See table below.)
In 2018, we will adjust our fixed charges so that business and commercial customers pay the appropriate amount for the larger demand they place on the system. This adjustment will make our charges more equitable. It also means that business and commercial customers will see a larger one-time rate increase in 2018. After 2018, we will have flat percentage rate increases for all customer classes.
Montgomery County, Ohio, water and sewer rates are competitive and reasonable, even after the 2018 rate increase, when compared to other local jurisdictions and similar metropolitan areas.
Montgomery County charges $254 per quarter for 30 CCF (22,442 gallons) of water. Other local jurisdictions charge from $169 to $491 for the same volume of water. The chart below illustrates our current rates as well as the impact of the 2018 rate increase, compared to similar water and sewer service providers.
A portion of the water and sewer bill has always been based on how much water you use, and that will still account for a substantial portion of the overall bill. Customers can save money by conserving water, which will reduce the amount they pay every quarter. You can visit our webpage for water conservation tips.
If you are a commercial or business customer, you may be able to reduce your costs by downsizing your meter. We allow customers to request a decrease in their meter size, provided the customer and his/her plumbing contractor determine that a smaller meter will meet the building or facility's water usage needs. All plumbing changes and upgrades related to the new meter size must still adhere to current Montgomery County Rules and Regulations and may require permits and inspections of completed plumbing work. All costs associated with upgrading and replacing the meter are the responsibility of the customer. For more information call permits at 937-781-2653.
Our revenue is flat, largely due to decreasing water consumption, as well as below-average rate increases. In fact, we had no rate increases at all for four years straight from 2010 to 2013, because we wanted to help our constituents during the Great Recession. Now, we need to increase rates so that we can fund necessary infrastructure projects.
In addition, much of our infrastructure is getting old and needs to be replaced. The cost to maintain and upgrade our infrastructure continues to increase and will only get worse as the entire system ages. For example, we spend about $2 million every year to repair main breaks, and the cost has been steadily rising as our system ages. Without more investment in our aging water and sewer system, we will begin to experience:
Our water and sewer systems protect public health and the environment, support economic development, and ensure a high quality of life for our citizens. Many times we take these vital services for granted, simply because they are always there when we need them and much of the infrastructure is "out of sight and out of mind." We must reinvest in our water and sewer system to make sure that it continues to support our local economy, our communities, and our environment. The time is now.
Most of our water and sewer system was installed in the 1950s during a housing and commercial boom. Now, much of this infrastructure is reaching the end of its usable life and needs to be replaced or upgraded.
Specifically, about 50% of our underground pipes are at least 50 years old, and these older pipes experience more frequent breaks and stoppages. Our wastewater treatment plants were installed 35 to 45 years ago with help from the federal government, and that funding source no longer exists.
The 2018 rate increase will generate approximately $13.2 million in revenue, $6 million in water, and $7.2 million in sewer. This money will be used to repair, replace, and upgrade our aging infrastructure. For more information about our current and planned capital investments, visit our capital projects page.
Money generated from the rate increase will be used to replace underground water and sewer lines. The cost to replace just one mile of water mains is about $1 million. We have about 1,400 miles of water mains, and 50% of those mains are 50 years old or older. Newer pipes will experience fewer main breaks, which means reduced maintenance costs, as well as fewer road closures and detours.
The money will also be used to improve the safety and resiliency of our water and sewer system by investing in two major projects:
Finally, some of these funds will be used to maintain our current aboveground assets, such as water towers, pump stations, and wastewater treatment plants.
We are a high-performing utility with high customer satisfaction (i.e., We had at least 93% high customer satisfaction in most recent surveys.). We just received the 2016 AMWA Gold Award for Sustainable Utility Management. Over the past 10 years, we've had minimal increases in our operating costs and we make every effort to be efficient with our resources, such as:
The County has realized efficiencies wherever possible by using new technology, finding innovative solutions to problems, using current resources wisely, and reducing costs. We also employ fewer people, despite rising overhead costs and an aging system. We are always working to keep costs down and be more efficient.
However, this is not sustainable. Maintenance costs continue to increase, and many areas of the system are reaching the end of their usable life. Efficiency alone will not solve this problem. We must invest in our water and sewer infrastructure now. Rates must increase if we are to continue providing reliable and safe drinking water and sewer services to our citizens.
Over the past three years, the Montgomery County real estate market has experienced growth at a rate we have never seen before. In 2022, more than 83% of properties sold in Montgomery County went for a price higher than the county’s current value. Most of those properties sold for a price significantly higher than the county's current value.
Home prices in Montgomery County have been off the charts, and now our property values are catching up to the robust housing market seen across the state and the country. As a result of these record-setting sales prices, property owners should expect to see record-setting property value increases with this update.
This property value update is based primarily on real estate activity from 2022, and we are not allowed to consider sales activity from 2023. But even in 2023, although the number of real estate sales has decreased slightly in Montgomery County, the prices of those sales have continued to increase.
The Auditor’s Office is required by the Ohio Department of Taxation to update property values in 2023.
County Auditors are required to perform a full reappraisal of property values every six years. During a full reappraisal, each property is visually inspected and each property’s value is determined on an individual basis. Montgomery County’s last reappraisal was in 2020.
Auditors are required to perform a market update three years after each reappraisal. That is called the Triennial Update, which we will be completing in 2023. During a Triennial Update, we adjust property values by neighborhood based on recent real estate sales prices in that neighborhood.
As a result of recent record-high home prices, property owners should expect to see record-setting property value increases with this property value update. The Ohio Department of Taxation has recommended a 37% average increase in residential property values, and property owners can expect the countywide average value increase to be close to this recommendation. However, value changes will vary by neighborhood.
We adjust values by neighborhood based on the prices of recent real estate sales in that neighborhood.
The value of each property in a neighborhood will increase or decrease by the same percentage, so property values catch up to recent sales prices in that neighborhood.
When adjusting values, our goal is to set a fair market value on your property: the amount it would sell for on the open market.
The best indicator of the amount a property will sell for on the open market is the prices of similar properties in the same area in 2022.
If you do not believe that you could sell your property for the value set by our office, please consider participating in our informal review or formal appeal processes.
We have created a new tool where you can see the recent 'valid' real estate sales in your neighborhood. These are the sales that our appraisers reviewed when updating your property’s value.
We have outlined around 1,350 neighborhoods for the purposes of this project. Each neighborhood is a grouping of properties with similar characteristics in the same geographic location. You can use the new tool to see the neighborhood your property is in.
You will only see 'valid' sales on our sales dashboard, because those are the sales when we are establishing new values. A valid sale is when a property is put on the open market, with a willing buyer and a willing seller. If there was a sign in the yard or a listing online, there is a good chance that we consider the sale to be a valid sale.
Examples of invalid sales include:
The Ohio Department of Taxation has recommended a 37% average increase in residential property values and a 13% average increase in commercial property values for our 2023 property value update.
Property owners can expect the countywide average increases to be close to the State’s recommendations because the Tax Commissioner will typically reject proposed values that are not in-line with their request.
It’s the responsibility of the Department of Taxation to standardize property values from county to county, which is why they perform their own analysis and provide recommended value changes that county auditors must meet.
It’s our responsibility as the Auditor’s Office to make sure our values are fair and equitable in each community and each neighborhood. We perform our own, more detailed analysis, and determine how much to adjust property values in each neighborhood based on recent sales prices in each neighborhood.
Other counties in Ohio also received recommendations from the State for robust residential property value increases this year, most between 32-43%.
In summer 2023, we will mail notices of new values to all property owners. After that time, you can visit www.mcrealestate.org to look-up your property’s new value.
The new values will take effect at the beginning of 2024 and will impact property tax bills paid in 2024.
If you disagree with your property’s new value, we welcome you to meet with us to discuss your property in detail.
We will be hosting informal review meetings in August and September 2023. During these meetings you can discuss your property’s value with one of our appraisers over Zoom or telephone. Please visit the informal reviews page to find a time convenient for you.
In January-March of 2024, you will also have the opportunity to file a formal appeal of your value with the Board of Revision. Please visit the Board of Revision page to learn more.
A 37% increase in residential values will not result in a 37% increase in taxes.
We know many property owners are concerned about how rising home values will translate into property taxes. It is true that many property owners will see an increase in taxes, but you should know that taxes will not go up at nearly the same rate as values.
Please visit this webpage for more information on how the 2023 property value update will impact property taxes.
Adjustments will be made to the values of commercial properties based on the use of the property and the neighborhood they are located in. These value changes will be based on recent sale prices of similar, nearby properties.
The Ohio Department of Taxation has recommended a 13% increase in commercial property values in Montgomery County. However, commercial value changes are expected to vary significantly by property use (apartments, retail, office space, etc.).
All property owners who disagree with their value are welcome to schedule an informal review session to discuss their property in detail with one of our appraisers.
Our goal is to set a fair market value on your property: the amount it would sell for on the open market. Your property is an investment, and the value of that investment changes over time as supply and demand change in the real estate market.
We feel for our property owners, particularly those on fixed incomes, who are trying to make ends meet during uncertain economic times. Our property value adjustments must be based on recent activity in the real estate market. We are not permitted to consider other factors, like inflation. We are also unable to consider predictions of future real estate market activity when updating values.
We get it - there are a lot of reasons not to like property taxes. But one advantage of property taxes is that your tax dollars stay in your community.
Your property taxes do not fund schools or other jurisdictions in other parts of the county. They are used to fund the services in your community that you rely on, such as your local police and fire services and your local school district.
The State of Ohio is not a recipient of property taxes, and the Montgomery County General Fund only receives about three cents of every tax dollar. The primary recipient of your property taxes is your local school district.
It’s the responsibility of the Ohio Department of Taxation to standardize property values from county to county, which is why they provide recommended value changes that county auditors must meet. As the Auditor’s Office, it’s our responsibility to make sure our values are fair and equitable in each community and each neighborhood.
Informal reviews will be held via Zoom.
If you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, instructions can be found at the Zoom support page.
We welcome property owners to meet with us to discuss their property’s value in detail.
Do you disagree with your property’s new value? Do you have questions about how our appraisers determined the value of your property? If you answered yes to either of these questions, an informal review meeting may be right for you.
We plan to schedule informal meetings by Zoom or telephone call in August and September.
After we release tentative new values later this summer, you can return to this page to find a convenient time for you.
Yes. After meeting with property owners during our last value update, our appraisers adjusted the values of about half of those properties.
If you have evidence that supports a change to your property's tentative value, we would love to see it. In the past, property owners have brought items such as:
To submit materials for your Informal Review meeting, please visit our evidence portal or use the following information:
Montgomery County Auditor Informal Review755 Paragon Road Suite 109, Dayton, Ohio 45459Email Montgomery County Auditor Informal Review
In January-March of 2024, you will have the opportunity to file a formal appeal of your value with the Board of Revision. Please visit www.mc-bor.org to learn more.
Values and taxes do not have a one-to-one relationship. Ohio law protects property owners from experiencing large increases in taxes as a result of large increases in values.
Levies make up most of each property owner’s tax bill. Besides some very rare exceptions, levies always generate the same amount of revenue as when they were first approved by the voters. As property values increase, like they will in 2023, the tax rates of those levies will be lowered to ensure no additional taxes are generated.
So, as a whole, levies won’t generate more taxes due to the increases in values.
Levies make-up most of the tax rate that you see on your property tax bills. As a whole, levies won't generate more taxes due to the increase in values. However, the property value update will change the share of the levies that each property owner pays. As a rule of thumb:
The rest of your tax rate comes from "inside millage." This small, unvoted portion of each property's tax rate is primarily responsible for the increases in taxes that communities will see as a result of this property value update. "Inside millage" charges increase proportionally, one-to-one, with increases in value.
Finally, separately from the property value update, new money levies that pass in 2023 will increase property taxes in 2024.
We estimate that taxes will increase about 4-6% on average due to this increase in values.
Put differently - for every $100,000 of a home's value, the owner will see about a $104 annual increase in their property taxes, on average, due to a 34% increase in value.
The tax impact of the new values will vary from property to property and from community to community. But as a rule of thumb:
You can look at our Sales Dashboard tool to find your property's value increase as well as your community's average value increase.
If we could, we would. Unfortunately, we won’t know the amount of your 2024 property taxes until the end of 2023.
We cannot reliably estimate 2024 tax payments for individual properties at this time because tax rates will be adjusted at the end of 2023. Tax rates will change based on multiple factors that we cannot predict, including levies on the November ballot, property value changes throughout Montgomery County, and even property value changes in neighboring counties.
At the end of 2023, you will be able to look up the amount of your 2024 tax bill on www.mcrealestate.org.
At the end of 2023 you will be able to find your property on www.mcrealestate.org and see what you will pay in property taxes in 2024.
Most of the revenue from property taxes stays local. Your dollars are used to fund the services in your community that you rely on, such as your local police and fire services and your local school district.
The primary beneficiaries of property taxes are schools. About 60% of every tax bill goes to the local school district.
You can look-up your property on our property search website and view the "levy distribution" tab to see where your tax dollars go.
All Ohio residents can submit an appeal with the Montgomery County Board of Revision between January 1 and March 31 of each year.
Understanding the reasons that would justify an appeal are important. The following are examples of good reasons to file an appeal:
There are certain arguments that the Board of Revision (BOR) cannot accept. The following are some of the factors that do not support a property value appeal:
For an explanation of how to file an appeal, please view our BOR Process page.
The Board of Revision will issue a decision by mail to all properties within 90 days of the hearing. If the BOR changes your value, it will be effective as-of January 1 of the year in which you file and will remain in effect until the next property value update.
There is no limit to the dollar-amount a property's value can be changed with an appeal.
CSEA stands for Child Support Enforcement Agency.
Anyone receiving Public Assistance is eligible for free child support services and is required to cooperate with the CSEA in establishing paternity and collecting child support. Families that do not receive public assistance benefits can apply for services with a written IV-D application.
You may pick up the application at your local CSEA or call your local CSEA and have one mailed to you.
IV-D (4D) stands for the sections of the Federal Law under the Social Security Act that created the Child Support Enforcement Program. If you are on Public Assistance you must complete the IV-D Application.
No, when you are receiving public assistance any money that is collected during that time will be used to reimburse the state up to the amount of the grant for the Assistance you have received. If you have received both, please report and return it to the CSEA.
Any arrangement made by both parents can change at any time for many reasons. The CSEA will keep track of any and all payments made through the CSEA. This way you are making sure you are receiving the support due for your children. If you are receiving public assistance you must work with the CSEA to have your payments processed. Any payments that are received outside the CSEA are considered a gift and may not be credited to your account.
The CSEA can help parties establish an enforceable parenting time order if both parents are eligible for our Parenting Time Opportunities for Children Program (PTOC). Otherwise, the non-custodial parent must privately pursue a parenting time order through court.
There are many benefits of having paternity established for your child/ren:Identity - Your child knows who their true parents are and can share in both of the parents lives.
Genetic testing is a procedure to establish a likelihood that the putative father is or is not the biological father of a child. Genetic test is Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) typing of blood or buccal cell samples.
Paternity can be established in out-of-wedlock births in Ohio by the following methods:
Yes. The Ohio Bureau of Employment Services can only take up to 50% of the non-custodial parent's unemployment benefits to pay the child support. If the unemployment compensation benefits are insufficient to meet the entire obligation, arrears will accrue on the order.
Yes. There can be income withholding from prison earnings. In addition, support will continue to accrue during the period of incarceration. Please contact your local CSEA.
Emancipation does not terminate arrears. You should contact your CSEA so that they may review your individual circumstances.
Yes. The Montgomery County CSEA can take steps to do a withholding through the military system.
We can register your support order in another state for enforcement. The child support agency in another state will then be able to use all the enforcement tools available under its state law to collect your support.
Address change for custodial parents have to be in writing by mail, fax or in person. Address changes for non-custodial parent can be received by phone, fax, in writing and in person.
Yes. The non-custodial parent is obligated to pay their child support until the court changes the amount, suspends the order or terminates the order.
Yes. Your local CSEA can help you establish paternity and get a support order, regardless of where the non-custodial parent lives. In some cases, this can even be done if he lives in another country.
The guidelines passed by the Ohio legislature calculate Child Support orders based upon the financial circumstances of both parents. Use of these guidelines is required for the establishment or modification of all child support orders in Ohio. The amount of child support which is calculated using the worksheets and schedules contained in these guidelines is presumed under the law to be the correct amount of child support in each case.
Yes. If a parent is legally responsible to support other children, there is an adjustment to income built into the child support calculation worksheet. This varies depending on that parent's individual income.
Yes. The guidelines provide a credit for child care expenses for those children included in the order, relating to work or employment training. The amount of the credit will vary depending on the age of the children.
Yes. The guidelines provide an adjustment to income for the total out-of-pocket costs of the health insurance which covers the child.
If you get behind at least one full month in child support payments, you are in default. You will be sent a form outlining the enforcement remedies that may be taken to secure support.
You are only entitled to request an administrative hearing to decide if the arrearage amount is correct and if you are the correct person who owes the money. If you disagree with the administrative hearing decision, you may file for a court hearing.
Yes, there can be income withholding for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Social Security Retirement benefits. There cannot be a withholding for SSI because those benefits are a form of public assistance. The amount of the child support order may be reduced if both SSDI and SSI are received or the child receives a derivative benefit from the obligor.
UIFSA (Uniform Interstate Family Support Act) is a law regulating the establishment and enforcement of child support orders where the parents live in different states or where the support order is in a state other than where either of the parents live.
Yes, Domestic Relations (DR) Court Orders can be waived. Both parties can sign an affidavit to waive any or all arrearages owed to the custodial parent. Arrears owed to the state (occurred while receiving benefit from the state) cannot be waived. The CSEA will submit to court for further review and possible credit for direct payment.
Juvenile Court (JC) Orders: parties may retain an attorney or file their own motion through Juvenile Court Clerk of Court to discuss possible credit.Administrative (ADM) Orders: custodial parent may contact the local CSEA for an administrative affidavit waiving the arrearage amount.
Remember only money that is owed to the custodial parent can be waived. Any money that is owed to the state cannot be waived.
No. There is a difference between spanking and abuse. Abuse results in physical injury; spanking should not. Children need some discipline in their lives which involves setting rules and boundaries. If those rules are broken, there should be consequences for their actions. Spanking is only one option for discipline.
No. If children are considered at risk and unable to stay safely in their homes, Children Services caseworkers must get permission from the juvenile court judge to place a child in a foster home. If law enforcement is involved, an officer or deputy may also remove children and place them in the emergency care of Children Services. Because children are often traumatized when removed from their homes and families, Children Services prefers taking less drastic steps whenever possible such as placing the child with a relative or friend.
Give of your time, money, or clothing to agencies or organizations that work with children and families. Get involved as a volunteer, mentor, or advocate.
The Domestic Relations Court hears complaints for divorce, petitions for dissolution of marriage, complaints for legal separations, complaints for annulments, petitions for civil domestic violence protection orders and petitions for dating violence civil protection orders.
The Domestic Relations Court also hears motions from divorced parties to modify a child support order, modify a parenting time order, modify a child custody order, modify a spousal support order, motions for contempt and motions from married parties on child support.
The court is located on the second floor of the Dayton-Montgomery County Courts Building, 301 W. Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45422 in downtown Dayton. View directions to the court.
All Court notices are sent out by regular mail from the Clerk of Court’s Office. If you are unsure of your hearing date, you may contact the Court’s Assignment Office at 937-225-4087. The Court will be able to look up the case using the case number. The Court may also be able to locate a case by using the parties’ last names at the time of final divorce or civil protection order, and the dates of birth of the parties.
The Clerk of Courts collects all fees and costs for Domestic Relations Cases. The specific cost are outlined in the Courts Filing Costs and FeesPage.
For questions for the Compliance Office please call 937-225-4782 and follow the prompts. Please leave a message for your particular officer. Due to current COVID-19 protocols, the Compliance Officers are unavailable to provide face-to-face assistance at this time. For more information, please visit our Compliance Office website.
The Dayton Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service may be able to assist you in obtaining an attorney. For additional information, call their office at 937-222-6102.
You may call the Legal Aid Society of Dayton at 888-534-1432, to see if you qualify for free legal representation. You may call the Volunteers Lawyers Project at 937-461-3857, to see if you qualify for free legal representation. You may call the University of Dayton Law Clinic at 937-229-3817, to see if you qualify for free legal representation.
If you are ordered to appear in court on a motion to show cause (contempt) filed by your spouse/ex-spouse, for which you could be sentenced to jail:
Most people are more satisfied with their court experience and results if they get an attorney. You may represent yourself. The term "pro-se" means that a person is self-represented. However, if you choose to represent yourself, you are required to follow court procedures and the law.
If you choose to represent yourself, all documents may be submitted to the Compliance Office for review. There are drop-off bins located on the 2nd floor lobby of Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court. The Compliance Office will review your documents and contact you regarding your next step.
Most people find that the best way to get a divorce is to hire an attorney. A divorce is started when a legal pleading called "complaint for divorce" is filed with the Clerk of Courts, along with instructions for service and payment of the filing fee. A party must attend all the hearings required by the court and prepare all the necessary paperwork to complete the case.
For information regarding the Eleven Grounds for filing a divorce, view the Citizen's Guide (PDF). To determine what documents need to be filed with your divorce complaint, see what Forms Are Required.
If you do not have an attorney, you may submit your documents to the Compliance Office for review.
Most people feel the best way to get an annulment is to get an attorney. A religious annulment and a legal annulment are not the same. A legal annulment is a very limited statutory proceeding and has specific time limits. The procedure is similar to a divorce. You have to file a complaint for an annulment and there has to be a hearing. For information regarding the grounds for filing an annulment, and to see the Six Statutory Grounds For Annulment, view the Citizen's Guide (PDF). To determine what documents need to be filed with your annulment complaint, please visit What Forms Are Required.
You can file a Motion for Continuance if you have good cause that prevents you from attending court. Please refer to Local Rule 4.20 (PDF). Filing a Motion for Continuance (PDF) does not mean that it will be granted. Continuances may be denied. The court will issue an order either granting your continuance and setting a new date (OR) denying your continuance request. If the motion is denied the hearing will go forward as scheduled, even if you are not there. You will need to submit your motion and proposed entry of continuance to the court at least 3 business days prior to your hearing.
In compelling circumstances and with appropriate safeguards, the Court may permit "remote testimony" instead of personal appearance. A motion must be filed with the reasons preventing personal appearance. This motion must be filed at least 5 days prior to the scheduled hearing.
If you do not agree with the final decision of a Judge; you or the attorney of your choice can file a written notice of appeal with the Second District Court of Appeals within 30 days of the time-stamped date of the decision. If you file an appeal to a Judge's decision you will need a transcript to support your claim about the decision. These procedures have technical, procedural, and time requirements. It is important that you consult with an attorney concerning your legal rights.
If you do not agree with a Magistrate's Decision, you or the attorney of your choice may file objections to said decision within 14 days of the time-stamped date of the decision. If you file objections to a Magistrate's decision you may need a transcript to support your claim about the decision.
Make a Motions to Modify Child or Spousal Support:
For information on establishing a support order, please see Establishing a Child Support Order Page .
Contact the Court Reporter at 937-225-4875 to request a transcript. Fee for preparation of transcript is $5 per page to be paid to the court reporter before the transcript is prepared.
All parents who file for divorce or dissolution of marriage and have children under the age of 18 must complete the court's class entitled "Helping Children Succeed After Divorce" before their Final Decree of Divorce will be granted. Judges and Magistrates have the option of sending parties to this class on post-decree parenting issues.
For additional information or to sign up for the class, you may register online at Parent Education and Registering for Class. You may also call Parent Education Department at 937-225-4092.
Yes. The Court provides both settlement hearings and mediation services. For additional information, please call the Mediation Specialist at 937-225-4539.
The way to bring any of these problems to the attention of the Court is to file a Motion to Show Cause (PDF). You have three means to file a motion to show cause:
If you are the obligor (the person who is ordered to pay support) you are required by law to notify the Montgomery County Support Enforcement Agency at 937-225-4600 if you change employment. Also, if you are unemployed and have been placed under a seek work order, you must report any new employment immediately. Call the court's Compliance Office at 937-225-4782.
If you are the Obligor or Obligee and are required to carry health insurance, you need to contact the court's Compliance Office at 937-225-4782.
All child support checks are issued through:
Ohio Child Support Payment CentralP.O. Box 182372Columbus, Ohio 43218-2372
You may call 800-860-2555 24 hours a day to see if a payment has been posted to your account. You will need to enter your social security number.
No. Ohio law requires that all child support must be made through the child support system and that neither the court nor the parties can waive this requirement.
Yes. Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 3109.05 (D), the court shall not authorize or permit the escrowing, impoundment, or withholding of any child support payment order under this section or any other section of the Revised Code because of a denial of or interference with a right of parenting time granted to a parent, or as a method of enforcing the specific provisions of any such order dealing with parenting time or visitation.
Upon the filing of a divorce or legal separation action, the court may issue a temporary order pursuant to Civ. R. 75(N) which may contain orders of temporary custody, child support, parenting time, and spousal support or such other orders as the court deems appropriate.
Either party in a pending divorce or legal separation case can indicate on their Affidavit of Financial Disclosure that he or she is requesting an order of temporary child and/or spousal support.
Or, either party can file a motion requesting the issuance of a temporary child and/or spousal support order. Please refer to Local Rule 4.14 (PDF)
You may seek the services of an attorney.
You may also apply for a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order (DVCPO) or a Dating Violence Civil Protection Order. You must come in person to the court and speak with the Domestic Violence Public Coordinator. The office is located in the lobby of 301 W Third Street, Second Floor, Dayton, Ohio. Filing hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 am or 1:15 to 3:30 pm. The filing process is generally two hours long and you must attend a hearing the day you file. You must have the name, address, and Date of Birth (at minimum) of the party you wish to file against.
There is no cost to file for a protection order in the state of Ohio.
Contact the police department or sheriff’s department where you reside. You will need to show law enforcement a certified copy of your divorce or dissolution decree, which states you are the residential parent and legal custodian of the child(ren). They can go with you to the other parent's home while you secure the return of your child. If this does not work, you will need to get legal assistance immediately.
View the Motions to Modify Parenting Time (PDF).
Any motion requesting a modification of the parenting time schedule shall set forth requested changes, and the reasons for the changes. The motion shall be accompanied by an Information for Parenting Proceeding Affidavit (PDF). Failure to file an Information for Parenting Proceeding Affidavit may result in dismissal of the motion
View the Motions To Reallocate Parental Rights And Responsibilities (Change Of Custody) (PDF).
Any motion requesting a reallocation of parental rights and responsibilities shall set forth the name and date of birth of the child(ren) for whom the motion is being made. The motion shall further state the reason(s) for the modification. All motions seeking to reallocate parental rights and responsibilities shall be accompanied by an Affidavit of Financial Disclosure, an Information for Parenting Proceeding Affidavit and Application for Child Support Services (unless already on file).
Failure to file an Information for Parenting Proceeding Affidavit may result in dismissal of the motion. The motion to reallocate parental rights and responsibilities shall be set for prehearing. The pre-hearing will be conducted for the same purposes as outlined in Mont. D.R. Rule 4.19 (PDF) and require the same preparation by counsel or self-represented party, e.g., disputed issues, discovery issues, appointment of guardian ad litem/psychologist, expected time needed for hearing.
Most people find that the best way to get a legal separation is to hire an attorney. However, you may file a legal separation as a self-represented party. A legal separation is started when a legal pleading called "complaint for legal separation" is filed with the Clerk of Courts Office, along with "instructions for service" and payment of the filing fee. A hearing date is scheduled after the defendant has been served properly with all the legal pleadings filed. A Final Decree of Legal Separation is not granted until the plaintiff (the person who files the complaint) has attended all of the hearings required by the court, and prepared all the necessary papers. At a minimum the person asking for the legal separation will have to appear at a hearing and give testimony under oath or affirmation, bring a witness who will also testify, and prepare and bring all the necessary paperwork to complete the case.
You can file a Motion for continuance if you have good cause that prevents you from attending court. Please refer to Local Rule 4.20 (PDF). Filing a Motion for Continuance does not mean that it will be granted. Continuances may be denied. You must follow-up with the court to see if the motion is granted. If the motion is denied the hearing will go forward as scheduled, even if you are not there. You will need to submit your motion and proposed entry of continuance to the court at least 3 business days prior to your hearing.
In compelling circumstances and with appropriate safeguards, the Court may permit "remote testimony" instead of personal appearance. A motion must be filed with the reasons preventing personal appearance. This motion must be filed well in advance of the hearing.
There are several options in establishing a child support order in Montgomery County:
Either party in a pending divorce or legal separation action may file a motion requesting Interim Attorney fees. Please refer to Local Rule 4.14 (PDF).
The parties must be divorced in Montgomery County in order to modify a parenting time schedule. In order to modify a parenting time schedule; there must be a motion filed with the Court. The motion must be set for hearing and served on the opposing party.
You may hire the attorney or your choice to file said motion or file self-represented. Refer to Local Rules 4.09 (H) and 4.41 (D) (PDF) for the required forms and content of said motion.
If filing self-represented; refer to the Forms section of the Local Rules. If you are not using an attorney; then your document must be submitted to the DR Compliance Office for review.
The parties must be divorced in Montgomery County in order to modify parental rights and responsibilities of a child or children. In order to reallocate parental rights and responsibilities of a child or children in Montgomery County; there must be a motion filed with the Court. The motion must be set for hearing and served on the opposing party.
You may hire the attorney or your choice to file said motion or file self-represented. Refer to Local Rules 4.09 (G) and 4.41 (C) (PDF) for the required forms and content of said motion.
The remains of deceased persons are brought to the Coroner's Office because Ohio Law requires that the coroner investigate deaths of persons dying from criminal violence, by accident, by suicide, suddenly, when unattended by a physician for a reasonable period of time, in detention, or in any suspicious or unusual manner. Another reason that a body may be brought to the Coroner's Office is that the identity of the deceased or next of kin is unknown.
Not all persons brought to the Coroner's Office are autopsied. Certain cases are not autopsied where no "foul play" is suspected and evidence of a natural death is present. In other cases where there is the possibility of legal proceedings which may arise as a result of a homicide, accident, suicide, etc., an autopsy will be performed. In these cases both positive and negative information is found which substantiates the ruling and cause of death as signed by the Coroner.
Ohio Law (ORC 2108.52) provides that the Coroner does not need permission for an autopsy. The Office of the Coroner will attempt to comply with the wishes of the next of kin, if this does not conflict with the duties of the Coroner as charged by Ohio Law.
An autopsy is a systematic examination by a qualified physician of the body of a deceased person for the purpose of determining the cause of death and recovering, from the body, evidence of the cause of death. A record is made of the findings of the autopsy including microscopic and toxicologic laboratory tests. These laboratory tests are conducted after the release of the body to the next of kin for burial. There is no charge to the next of kin for an autopsy nor for any of the tests which may be conducted by the Coroner.
Routinely, the Coroner releases the body to a licensed funeral director. The next of kin of the deceased person should notify a funeral director who, in turn, will arrange the transportation for the deceased to the funeral home and obtain the necessary documents for burial or cremation.
Most often, the next of kin discuss the selection of a funeral director with other family members, clergy, or friends. The Office of the Coroner is prohibited from recommending a funeral director. A listing of funeral directors is available in the telephone book as well as other sources
Usually the clothing of the deceased is released to the funeral director for disposal or use as the family requests. In cases of homicide, various suicides, or vehicular death, the clothing may be held by the Coroner for use as evidence.
By Ohio Law (ORC 313.14) the Office of the Coroner will take possession of monies and other personal effects of the deceased. These items are inventoried and released to the next of kin. Money over $1000 may only be released with a "Release From Probate Order" from the court or a "Letter of Appointment" naming an executor of the estate of the deceased.
When a body is released from the Montgomery County Morgue, a signed death certificate may be available. However, there are times when a "deferred" death certificate is issued while the cause and/or manner of death are still be determining. The "deferred" death certificated enables the funeral services and burial to take place while our investigation continues. At the completion of our investigation, a supplemental death certificate is then issued with the final cause and manner of death.
The autopsy report, also called the protocol, usually takes about eight weeks to be completed after the autopsy. If microscopic and chemical tests are performed, this time period can be slightly longer.
Public coroner records are available for inspection by emailing a request to [email protected].
Certified copies of death certificates can only be obtained from the Montgomery County Bureau of Vital Statistics in the Reibold Building at 117 S Main Street Dayton, OH 45422. The telephone number is 937-496-3114. Some funeral directors order additional copies of death certificates upon request of the family, for the family's convenience. For other official purposes, reach out to the agency you are working with to determine if a certified death certificate is necessary or if a copy will suffice.
When a person dies under any of the circumstances mentioned in Types of Death to be Reported, the death shall be reported to the Office of the Coroner by either the police, fire department, EMTs, or medical agency.
In order to report a death, you should call the Office of the Coroner at 937-225-4156.
It is requested that the following information be given when known:
Most Coroner records are public records and are available for inspection during the normal office hours of 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, phone 937-225-4156. Appointments can be made to have an explanation of the records if necessary. Copies of the records are available at a cost of $1 per page.
Certified copies of death certificates can only be obtained from the:
Montgomery County Bureau of Vital StatisticsReibold Building117 S Main StreetDayton, OH 45422
The telephone number is 937-496-3117.
Some funeral directors order additional copies of death certificates upon request of the family, for the family's convenience. For life insurance and other official purposes, a certified copy is usually necessary.
Forensic Pathology (FP) is a subspecialty of medicine that deals with the investigation of non-natural and suspicious deaths.
A Forensic Pathologist, first and foremost, is a physician. More specifically, a Forensic Pathologist is a medical doctor who is specially trained to perform autopsies, investigate suspicious deaths, and determine how, and by what means, a person died (cause and manner of death, respectively).
To become a forensic pathologist, one must achieve a Medical Degree (M.D.), then complete 4 to 5 years of training in general Pathology, and 1 to 2 years of specialized training in Forensic Pathology.
Any death that occurs under non-natural, or suspicious circumstances. Refer to the Montgomery County Coroner Office manual for specific details.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is an international institute whose primary purpose is the promotion of Forensic Science and its multitude of related fields. They hold annual meetings for thousands of members, where scientific papers and discussions are presented. It serves as a cornerstone for the Forensic Science fields.
The AAFS has membership delegations in Criminalistics, Jurisprudence, Pathology and Biology, Engineering, Forensic Psychiatry, Toxicology, Odontology, Physical Anthropology, Questioned Documents and General Forensic Sciences.
First, you need to know how much college education you want to complete. Forensic Pathology requires a Medical Degree. Forensic odontologists are dentists. Many forensic anthropologists and toxicologists have PhD degrees. Jurisprudence members are attorneys. Forensic engineers, as it sounds, have engineering degrees. Forensic psychiatry members are counselors, psychologists, social workers and others.
The areas of criminalistics, general forensic sciences and questioned documents have members with various levels of education and training, ranging from biologists, to chemists, to police officers and detectives. Within criminalistics and general forensic sciences are trained specialists in fingerprint analysis, ballistics and firearms examiners, serologists and DNA analysts, trace evidence specialists, photographers and chemists.
The best place to begin a forensic science career is by contacting local agencies like coroner offices, medical examiner offices, police departments and crime laboratories, to inquire about internships and requirements for employment in forensic sciences. It is helpful to have some idea of which field you are interested in, since the educational and training requirements vary so much.
Contact the AAFS
Ohio's Current Agricultural Use Value program provides a property tax break on qualifying commercial farmland.
The Current Agricultural Use Value program applies to farmlands of ten or more acres that are devoted exclusively to agricultural use. Additionally, the program is available for tracts of land with fewer than ten acres if the land’s average yearly gross farm income for the past three years is at least $2,500.
Under the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program, farmland is valued based on soil types rather than the "best and highest use". To establish valuation, soil surveys are conducted to determine various soil types and the amount acreage of particular soil types. Each soil type has a pre-assigned value set by the state. The CAUV program does not reduce the valuation of buildings or the minimum one-acre homesite that lies beneath the buildings.
Download the Initial Application for the Valuation of Land at Its Current Agricultural Use (PDF). Then call 937-496-3281 or email Montgomery County Real Estate.
The Treasurer's Office offers delinquent payment plans. Property owners entering into a monthly payment contract become current on their property taxes by paying toward all new taxes while paying off prior delinquent taxes, all without accruing additional interest and penalty. Please come to the Treasurer's Office or call the office at 937-225-4010, Option 2 to speak with a Delinquency Specialist.
You will receive your coupons when you set up your plan in the Treasurer's Office. You may request new coupons if needed. You will receive the next set of coupons in August.
Montgomery County property owners have a duty and obligation to pay Real Estate Taxes. Real Estate Taxes are an important funding source for local schools and governments. Property owners who do not pay their taxes pass this responsibility to those who do pay their taxes. The Tax Lien Sale provides immediate funding of past due tax dollars to the agencies that rely on property tax funds.
If a tax lien has been sold, you need to make arrangements with the lien holder to make payments. You cannot make payments on a lien through the Treasurer's office. Please visit this link to see which company purchased the lien, and their contact information.
To see if you lien has been released:1. Click here and enter your property information. 2. Look under the "Master Information" section of your property. If lien sold is still listed, your lien has not been released regardless of if you have paid the lien holder.
Foreclosure may occur, but it doesn’t have to. You can take action to save your home.
It is never too late to get help. By seeking help early, there is a greater chance of success in avoiding foreclosure. As soon as you anticipate problems in paying your mortgage payment, contact your mortgage servicer to explain your current financial situation. Many servicers are willing to work with you if you contact them immediately because they understand that individuals and families can face a temporary job loss, serious illness, or other major life events that can impact their ability to pay their mortgage. Ask if you can participate in a "workout" resolution or obtain a loan modification. Be honest with the loss mitigation staff about your situation so they can help you choose the best option.
Generally, a “workout” resolution involves resuming payments and arranging to pay the past-due amount over a short period of time. Sometimes, lenders will allow a "loan modification" which might lower your interest rate or extend the final due date of your loan — making your monthly payments lower.
In addition to contacting your mortgage servicer, you can call HelpLink at 211, where skilled, trained staff are available 24 hours a day to handle calls received on the foreclosure hotline. Staff will assess each call and make referrals to the appropriate agencies. To find out more about your payment options, take action immediately by calling or writing to your mortgage servicer's Loss Mitigation Department to explain your situation.
Delinquent debt negatively affects credit scores. Down the line, you may need to refinance your mortgage and a good credit score is essential.
Depending on your situation, there may be assistance available for you. Call 211 to help you understand your options.
Job, pay, or personal changes such as divorce or illness challenge our ability to stay current with our bills. It’s vital to make mortgage and tax payments to keep you in your home.
Just because your house is worth less than your outstanding mortgage doesn't mean you're going to go into foreclosure. Find out where you stand. Ask an expert to help you understand your situation and your options.
Call 211 immediately and contact your mortgage company. Many lenders have expressed their intention to postpone foreclosures in certain circumstances. There may be options available for your situation.
Guardianship is a relationship in which one person, called a guardian, is appointed by the Probate Court to make decisions and act for another person, called a ward.
A guardian must be 18 years of age or older and competent and suitable to act as guardian. A guardian of the estate must be a resident of Ohio.
A ward may be an adult incompetent or a minor.
The Homestead Exemption program allows senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled Ohioans that meet annual state set income requirements to reduce their property tax burden by shielding some of the market value of their home from taxation.
The Homestead Exemption, which takes the form of a credit on property tax bills, allows qualifying homeowners a reduction that is equal to the taxes that would otherwise be charged on up to $25,000 of the market value of their home.
Those eligible must be 65 years of age or older or be permanently or totally disabled, meet annual state set income requirements, and own the home where they live as of January 1st or the year in which they apply.
Total income (for both the applicant and the applicants spouse) that can not exceed the amount set by state law (see Homestead Exemption Application (PDF)), which is adjusted annually for inflation. Total income is defined as the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) for Ohio tax purposes. MAGI is essentially the Ohio adjusted gross income (OAGI) plus business income that has been deducted in computing OAGI on line 11 of Ohio Schedule A.
Yes. You may apply after the first Monday in January and on or before December 31st of the year in which you turn 65.
Applications must be received in the Auditor's Office on or before December 31st.
The Montgomery County Auditor's Homestead Hotline phone number is 937-225-4341.
To qualify, an Ohio resident must own and occupy a home as their principal place of residence as of January 1st of the year they apply, for either real property or manufactured home property.
For individuals who own more than one home, the principal place of residence is the home where the person is registered to vote and the person's place of residence for income tax purposes.
An individual can receive only one Homestead Exemption on one parcel of property.
Yes. Please contact the Consumer Service Department at 937-225-4314 and we will send you an application.
In terms of ownership, you are eligible for the Homestead Exemption if all of the following are true:
Qualified applicants who missed last year's deadline may also sign up on or before December 31st and still get a reduction on last year's taxes payable this year.
Current Homestead Exemption recipients do not need to reapply or do anything unless they have moved or had some change in their status.
Disabled applicants may attach a disability status form from a state or federal agency to the application. Or, disabled applicants may complete the Certificate of Disability found on the back of the Homestead Exemption application form. A doctor or psychologist must certify that the applicant is totally and permanently disabled.
The surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the previous Homestead Exemption by reason of age or disability at the time of death can continue to receive the benefit, if the surviving spouse was at least 59 years of age on the date of the death of the deceased spouse.
If you work for the Board of County Commissioners, you may view your personnel file by contacting Amanda Eisert at 937-225-4035.
You must complete a change of address form (PDF).
You must complete a position audit form (PDF).
Please visit the Department of Labor website.
The process generally takes six months to a year, but can take more. The Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) will closely monitor the progress, and specialized staff will work on the case and keep you notified.
Yes, either party can seek a modification of an order issued in any state no matter where they live.
You can help the CSEA by providing the most current address and employment information for the person owing support. If they live in a foreign country, please ask the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) whether that foreign county cooperates with the U.S. to establish and enforce support.
Please read your paperwork carefully. Generally you will not have to travel to another state to attend child support hearings. If the paperwork says that you are "Ordered to Appear" or any similar statement, you may need to appear. Some states allow you to participate through telephone testimony. If you are scheduled to appear at an out-of-state hearing, please contact your local Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) for help.
An appeal may be possible if you do not agree with a decision issued by another state. You must notify the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) immediately because there are time limits for filing an appeal. The CSEA does not personally represent either party, so you may choose to get your own legal representation. If the CSEA considers the decision to be proper under the law, it will not appeal.
A "notice of action" will be generated when an application has been successfully processed. This notice will arrive by mail or by email, letting the applicant know which caseworker has been assigned to them and when they can expect further action. If the applicant does not provide enough information, the caseworker will provide them with a "to do" list of needed verifications.
Reach our Call Center at 937-225-4148 or our toll-free ACA Answer Line at 855-358-0204.
No. You should follow the re-application timing you received when you were granted benefits. It is important to know that there are no new benefits associated with Medicaid under ACA.
Those who do not qualify for Medicaid will be directed to the Health Insurance Marketplace. There they can consider other health plan options so they can comply with ACA and avoid an income tax penalty.
April 1 to October 31 from 7:30 am to Dusk.
Yes, shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shelters are located in all three parks.
For more information, please call 937-225-4661
The first half collection is due February 17, 2023. The second half will be due July 14, 2023. View the Real Estate Taxes Collection Timeline (PDF) for more information about due dates.
There are several payment options and ways to pay available. View the Payment Options page.
The Treasurer's Office offers a Pre-Payment Plan available to taxpayers who do not have past-due taxes. This plan allows taxpayers to prepay their taxes with monthly billing. You can choose to mail in your payment or have it withdrawn from your account. If you are interested in a pre-payment plan, please complete the online Pre-Payment Application.
All information about payment options and the different charges associated with them can be found on the Payment Options page.
In the State of Ohio, real estate taxes are based upon the appraised value of the property. Counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, and special districts each raise money through real estate taxes. Governments have the ability to levy taxes upon land located within their jurisdiction. The money collected from taxes funds schools, pays for police and fire protection, maintains roads, and supports community services such as libraries and parks.
Please visit How to Read Your Tax Bill. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Taxpayer Services at 937-225-4010, Option 1.
Contact your mortgage company to make them aware that you received a copy of your tax bill. If they are responsible for paying your tax bill, they will request a copy from our office and pay the taxes.
No. There is no discount for paying your full year tax bill in February. The difference between the first and second half amounts are assessments. Some assessments are paid on the first half tax bill only and not added on the second half tax bill.
A 10% penalty is applied to all unpaid first-half payments not paid in full by February 17, 2023, and second-half payments not paid in full by July 14, 2023.
Prepayment coupons are mailed to enrolled taxpayers at the beginning of March and the beginning of August.
According to Ohio law, all change of mailing address requests must be submitted in writing to the Montgomery County Treasurer. If you wish to change the mailing address for real estate tax bills, please fill out the Change of Address form.
Property taxes in Montgomery County are billed one entire year in arrears, therefore the 1st half bill is for the calendar time of January through June of the year prior and the 2nd half bill is for the calendar time July through December of the year prior.Mobile Home property taxes are billed in the actual calendar year. Further questions regarding manufactured homes can be addressed at (937) 225-5255.
You can file an appeal with the Auditor's Office Board of Revision. You can request the application be mailed to you by calling 937-496-6856. The application must be filed between January 2 and March 31. All complaints filed with the Board of Revision are investigated and formal hearings may be held to solicit testimony. It is the responsibility of the property owner to justify their complaint. The Board of Revision has the authority to increase or decrease property valuation.
If you pay your real estate taxes through an escrow plan with your mortgage company, the amount withheld will appear on the 1099 form sent to you by your mortgage company. If you do not have financial records of payments you have made for real estate taxes, please call our office at 937-225-4010, Option 1. The Treasurer's office does not automatically mail out this information. You must call to request an itemization of payments made on real estate taxes.
You may contact the Montgomery County Auditor's office at 937-225-4326 or visit the Auditor's website for more detailed information. After entering your parcel information and selecting the specific parcel you are researching, click on the Levy Distribution menu item
If the value of your property decreased, your taxes may still increase based on an increase of the effective tax rate. This tax rate is changed based on levies that pass in the jurisdiction where your property is located.
In the State of Ohio, real estate taxes are based upon the appraised value of the property. Counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, and special districts each raise money through real estate taxes. Governments can levy taxes upon land located within their jurisdiction. The money collected from taxes funds schools, pays for police and fire protection, maintains roads, and supports community services such as libraries and parks.
The County Auditor is responsible for determining a property's fair market value as part of the calculation process. Fair market value is the amount a buyer and seller would be willing to agree to in an arm's length transaction on the open market. The Auditor uses fair market value to determine a property's assessed value, which in Ohio amounts to 35% of the fair market value.
Property taxes are charged as "mills." One mill is one-thousandth of a dollar - this equates to one-tenth of a cent, or $0.001. All Ohio residents pay a base tax rate of 10 mills. This base rate comes from the Ohio Constitution and is meant to provide all governmental units with a base amount of operating revenue.
To arrive at the amount of property taxes a taxpayer owes, the Auditor multiples the property's assessed value by the total mill rate, and divides by 1,000. Expressed as an equation, the process looks something like this:
Fair Market Value × 35% = Assessed ValueExample: A home with a fair market value of $100,000 would have an assessed value of $35,000 ($100,000 × 0.35).
(Assessed Value × Mill Rate) ÷ 1000 = Base Property TaxExample: A home with a fair market value of $100,000 and an assessed value of $35,000 is subject to three property tax millages - the base rate of 10 mills, 10 mills of school taxes, and 10 mills of road taxes - for a total mill rate of 30 mills. Using the formula, the taxpayer owes a base property tax of $1,050 ($35,000 × 30) ÷ 1000 = $1,050.
Base Property Tax + Special Assessments = Total Property TaxIn addition to the base property tax, taxpayers may also be subject to special assessments. A special assessment is a property tax that can be added for certain special projects, like installing water lines, sewer lines, and stormwater runoff systems. The base property tax, and any additional special assessments, form the total property tax:
Total Property Tax - Reduction Credits = Property Tax OwedThe total property tax amount can be reduced by reduction credits, such as the Homestead Exemption program that is administrated by the Auditor's office.
Property Owners may qualify for tax reduction options through the Montgomery County Auditor's Office. View tax reductions.
You may contact the Montgomery County Auditor's office at 937-225-4326 or visit the Auditor's Property Search Website for more detailed information. After entering your parcel information and selecting the specific parcel you are researching, click on the Levy Distribution menu item.
Under Ohio law, property taxes are calculated annually by the Auditor.
The first half property tax due date for 2023 is February 17, 2023. The second half due date is July 14, 2023.
The Homestead Reduction Program is available to any property owner age 65 or older OR any property owner who is totally and permanently disabled. Only owner-occupied (your primary residence) properties are eligible for the reduction. View the Homestead page to find more information on this program.
Our community experienced the deaths of a number of children from abuse and neglect. These highly publicized cases left the community asking questions about how these deaths could have been prevented and why the child protection system had not worked for these children. A child protection task force was established and the conclusion was drawn that our child protection system was fragmented and very difficult for a family seeking help to navigate.
A recommendation was made to establish a county-wide multidisciplinary joint investigation team to provide a more coordinated response to child abuse cases. From this came the realization that our community needed to join together in establishing a centralized, child-oriented facility that would house the team. In addition to the investigation team, the child advocacy center would serve as a centralized location for child interviews, case consultations, coordination of medical evaluations and other treatment services for the child victim and non-offending family members.
In 1997, five core agencies joined together in a collaborative partnership to establish a multidisciplinary investigation team and a child advocacy center in Montgomery County. Those agencies are The Children's Medical Center, Dayton Police Department, Montgomery County Children Services, Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. An interagency cooperative agreement was signed in March 1997. The signatories, representing all 33 law enforcement jurisdictions in Montgomery County, as well as educators and mental health service providers, agreed that coordination of their services will provide a system that minimizes trauma to the child, eliminates excessive interviewing of child victims, and develops better, more complete evidence. It was also agreed that this type of interagency communication and cooperation will lead to more informed decisions for responding to the needs of these children.
Specifically, the agency representatives agreed to coordinate their efforts to:
The Children's Medical Center committed the use of a facility at 741 Valley Street, with occupancy in October, 1998. The child advocacy center, CARE House, has become a reality for our community and is the focal point of what is evolving into an integrated child protection system in Montgomery County.
Recognizing that the successful implementation of this program is dependent upon the active support and involvement of the entire community, funding is being sought from a broad base. The Montgomery County Human Services Levy Council developed a 1996-1998 budget plan that set aside money for child protection services. In 1997, The Children's Medical Center received 3 years of partial funding for CARE House from the Levy Council Child Protection Set-Aside Fund. Additional start-up funding for the general refurbishing of the facility has been received from other funding sources. Contributions from special events have been received and CARE House benefits from the sale of People Pins. Additionally, each partnering agency has made cash as well as in-kind contributions toward the development of CARE House.
More information on CARE house and the CARE Team
CARE House provides a system that minimizes trauma to the child who has been abused. By partnering with all the agencies that will be involved in the child's case, we can:
The CARE team - the area's first multidisciplinary child abuse team - was formed in 1979. The team includes the director of CARE House, case coordinator, medical social worker, pediatrician, nurse, child psychologist, child protective service manager and two case workers, detectives from two jurisdictions, two prosecutors and a victim advocate. The goals of the CARE team are to provide:
CARE House is located at 410 Valley Street. To talk to someone at CARE House, call 937-641-4545.
From the North: I-75 south to Route 4; Route 4 east to Valley Street / Troy Street exit; left on Valley Street.
From the South: I-75 north to Route 4; Route 4 east to Valley Street / Troy Street exit; left on Valley St. Or: I-675 north to Route 35; west on Route 35 to the Keowee Street exit; north on Keowee Street to Valley Street; right on Valley Street.
From the East: Route 35 west to the Valley Street / Troy Street exit; Keowee Street north to Valley Street; right on Valley Street.
From the West: Third Street east to Keowee Street; left on Keowee Street to Valley Street; right on Valley Street.
Note: When exiting from Route 4, go through first stop sign at bottom of exit ramp. Valley Street is the second stop sign. Turn left.
If during the business hours of Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, call the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (MCARC) at 937-898-4457.
Or call your local police department.
Or call 911 if you need emergency assistance.
A person who kills a dog could be charged with one or more of these crimes:
However, the following are factors that would be considered in deciding whether a person should be charged with a crime or found guilty if charged with a crime:
In addition to possible criminal charges, you could also be sued civilly by the owner for wounding or killing a registered dog (or a dog that is exempt from registration requirements).
If a citizen kills a dog to prevent that dog from causing further injury or death to a person, and that dog has bitten a person:
Be advised that if a dog that has bitten a person is not causing a risk of further injury or death, O.R.C. 955.261(A)(2) prohibits a person from killing that dog until a mandatory 10-day quarantine period has been completed.
Although most deaths caused by homicide are prosecuted, we offer continued support for the homicide survivor, regardless of the possibility of criminal prosecution. We are also available to provide the following additional services:
Since homicide survivors are not ordinarily involved (as witnesses) in the criminal prosecution, an Advocate will notify survivors of all Court proceedings, arrange a meeting with the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney handling the case, and arrange for someone to accompany them when they go to Court hearings.
No. The Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office is committed to the goal of reducing the trauma associated with victimization. We, therefore, strive to assist all victims and witnesses, including homicide survivors, at no cost.
The term "Homicide Victim" refers to one whose life has been taken intentionally or recklessly by another individual(s).
The term "Homicide Survivor" refers to individuals who had special ties with someone who was murdered. This can include immediate family, extended family, co-workers, or close friends of the homicide victim.
Documents are recorded the same day they are received in the mail, in person, or once transferred by the Auditor’s Deed Transfer Department. The document is cashiered, scanned, entered into the system, verified, and then mailed back the next business day.
eRecorded documents are processed immediately considering they meet all Ohio Revised Code guidelines. Documents are recorded Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm.Effective May 15th, 2023, all NON-TRANSFER documents are accepted through eRecording. Deeds and/or documents requiring a “No Transfer” stamp such as Transfer on Death Designations, Easements, Affidavits referencing a Deed, etc. will still need to be mailed or walked through the Auditor’s Deed Transfer Department.
Deeds brought to the County Recorder's Office for recording must contain the following information:
The execution is according to the state in which the signature was notarized. The notary must contain the following:
Mortgages brought to the County Recorder's Office for recording must contain the following information:
To change a name on a Deed:
You should have received your deed at the closing upon purchasing the property. Unlike a car title, a new deed is not generated when you pay off your mortgage. The lender will record a Release/Satisfaction of Mortgage with our office to prove the mortgage has been paid.
Deeds and Releases are available by searching our Records On-Line Search and can be printed for free at any time. If you are unable to print, our Copy Center can provide you with a copy for $2.00 per page. You may also have your document certified for an additional $1.00.
The Recorder’s Office is one of multiple offices where liens are recorded. Such liens are searchable on our Records On-Line Search and can be printed for free at any time. If you are unable to print, our Copy Center can provide you with a copy for $2.00 per page. You may also have your document certified for an additional $1.00.
The Recorder’s Office does not perform title searches but computers are available in the Public Research Area on the 5th floor for public use.
You may go to the Montgomery County Auditor's website to search by address.
If your service discharge (DD214) has been recorded in Montgomery County, you can search our website at Records Online Search. Once you search the database by name and find the specific reference number, you may contact the Recorder's Office at 937-225-6381 and request a copy. DD214 images are not viewable to the public.
Please keep in mind that Service Discharges are not required to be recorded in the County Recorder's Office.
If you do record your DD214, you can also request a complimentary Veteran ID card that will be available in the Recorder's Office.
There are no charges for copies of Service Discharges.
Birth and death certificates may be obtained from:
Montgomery County Combined Health District Bureau of Vital Statistics 117 South Main Street Dayton, Ohio 45422
Contact the Clerk of Courts, Domestic Relations Division at 937-225-4562 or visit the Clerk of Courts home page.
Ask the builder of your house for copies. The Montgomery County Planning Department only maintains blueprint copies of apartment complexes and condominiums.
Montgomery County Government Records Can Be Used as Follows to Trace the History of an "Old" Building to Find out When It Was Built:
1. Determine the chain of ownership by researching the County Recorder's Deed Records using either the Alphabetical Index (grantee-grantor) or Tract Index (i.e., geographic/legal description abstract). Make a list of the owners and their inclusive years of ownership while completing this step.
All deed indices and records are available in the Recorder's office on the 5th floor of the County Administration Building (451 West Third Street) or the County Records Center and Archives (117 South Main Street, 6th floor; use Main Street elevator):
Records Center & Archives
2. Determine the annual value for property tax purposes by researching Auditor's Real Estate Tax Lists (i.e., tax duplicates). Before 1974, these records are arranged by year, then by taxing district, then alphabetically by owner therein; thus, each year should be checked for the owner listed in Step#1 above. If it is already architectural or other reliable evidence of the approximate building date (e.g., "the 1880s"), research can be confined to a few years (e.g., 1880 to 1890).
Tax lists are at the County Records Center and Archives:
3. A significant increase (i.e., more than 50% in one year) in annual value for property tax purposes is usually evidence of construction or improvements in the year in which the change in value was recorded. It should be noted that property values for tax purposes were generally recorded at 40 to 45% of actual or probable "market value" before 1973; values are recorded at 35% since 1973.
4. The County Records Center and Archives telephone Number is 937-225-6366. Please note, however, that it is the individual researcher's responsibility to do this research.
The Recorder's function began in the Northwest Territory during the 1790s. In 1803, the Ohio General Assembly established the Recorder as a mandated county office. Initially appointed by the associate judges of the Common Pleas Court, the County Recorder became an elective position in 1829. The Recorder presently serves a four-year term.
Under the mandates of the Ohio Revised Code, the Recorder records and preserves many of the citizen's legal rights and the heritage of our community. The County Recorder's primary responsibility is maintaining the chain of title to real estate by the recording of all deeds, mortgages, and conveyances of land and buildings within the county. Other duties assigned to the County Recorder include the recording of plats, powers of attorney, mechanics liens, military discharges, leases, and financing statements. Copies of records and responding to public inquiries are vital services provided daily.
Montgomery County records are indexed on the county's computer system the day they are received. The documents are then microfilmed, imaged, and returned to the appropriate parties. The computer index, microfilmed document, and online images thus become the official record, providing a 98% space savings, faster retrieval, and an off-site security copy.
The computerized tract index (real estate description index) is one of the few in-house systems for tract indexing in the country and has received a Distinguished Achievement award from the National Association of Counties for this innovative system.
Montgomery County has a land area of 463 miles, a population of 559,062, and approximately 230,000 parcels of property. While all 88 of Ohio's County Recorders operate within the framework of the Ohio Revised Code, each Recorder's Office maintains records in a unique manner.
Birth and death certificates after 1908 are available through Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County at the Office of Vital Statistics on the 1st floor of the Reibold Building, 117 S Main Street. Their phone number is 937-496-3117. Or you can visit the Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County Site.
You can obtain a copy of your deed at the Montgomery County Recorder's Office. Their phone number is 937-225-4275. Or you can download a copy of the deed at the Recorder's website by following these steps:
Social Security is administered by the Federal Government.Contact the SSA at 937-225-2542.
For general or certified copies of divorce records, contact the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts by calling 937-496-7623 or visit the Clerk of Courts office at 41 North Perry Street.
For a general or certified marriage certificates, please contact the Probate Court at: 937-225-4649 or visit the Probate Court at 41 North Perry Street.
The Records Center and Archives provides research services, however, we have a small staff and a large number of requests. As such, there may be a significant wait before you will receive the results of your request. You can call us at: 937-225-6366, email Records Center and Archives, or fill out our public records request form.
Discharge papers are retained at the Recorder's Office. Call 937-225-4275.
The Montgomery County Probate Court handles name changes. Call 937-225-4649.
Provide the Montgomery County Frail Elderly Services Advisory Committee (MCFESAC) with information, coordination, research, agendas, minutes, contracting, monitoring, and any other requests in order to assist the committee. Services are primarily to help Montgomery County frail elderly residents remain in their homes and avoid premature institutionalization.
Each contract varies, but clients must be 60 years of age and frail elderly, including at increased risk of death or functional decline.
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Only applicable to general public Vendors would get funding information via a public notice and our mailing list.
Please call us at 937-225-4948.
Cleaning up dump sites is an expensive and time-consuming process. Each year, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hires contractors to remove about 100,000 illegally dumped tires.
Illegal dumping can create an eyesore in your neighborhood, as well as an environmental and health hazard. Litter pollutes the soil, the water, and even the air. Dump sites and scrap tires also attract pests such as rodents and mosquitoes, which can carry and spread diseases. Scrap tires can also release harmful chemicals if they catch fire or burn.
Never confront another driver about littering. This could put you in a dangerous situation.
The report typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to process.
Your submission is strictly confidential. The litterer will not be able to find out who submitted his or her name.
No. The litterer will not receive a ticket. Law enforcement officials are the only people authorized to enforce local and state laws about littering and dumping.
After the report is processed, the litterer will receive a letter in the mail reminding him/her about the incident, along with information about state littering laws.
Contact Social Services Department at 890-0646, extension 1152.
Payment for services comes from Medicaid and the individual's monthly resources (i.e. Social Security, Child Support, etc.).
Family visitation is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Stillwater Center has a contracted Medical Director who comes into the facility for rounds once per week, or as needed.
Yes, parent meetings are held several times per year. Contact Carol O'Neill at 937-415-9306 for more information.
Unfortunately, it is typically impossible to tell from the outside of a pump to know if there is a skimmer on the inside. Credit card skimmers are placed inside the pump by criminals and are almost never visible from the outside.
If you believe your card has been skimmed, the first thing you should do is contact your financial institution and take precautionary measures. Additionally, if you believe you were skimmed at a gas station, please call our Weights and Measures Consumer hotline at 937-225-6309. Our staff will inspect the gas station and look for skimming devices.
Gaining access to the inside of the gas pump is, unfortunately, easy to do for a criminal. Many pumps have generic, universal locks that can be accessed if a criminal has the universal key. In this way, pump security is weak at many locations and you do not need to work at the station to gain access to the inside of the pump.
Our Weights and Measures inspectors visit every gas station in the county at least once a year for a routine inspection. By state law, the gas station is required to have its pump keys available at any time, and they are required to provide those keys to our staff for their inspections. Our inspectors get the key(s) to the pumps from the station attendant, so they can access the station's pumps and perform the inspections.
There are many places a consumer's card can be skimmed. These days, gas pumps are one of the more common places, but they are not the only one. Cards can be skimmed during online transactions, at ATM's, or in any other place where a card is used.
Thus, it can be difficult to identify where you were skimmed, or when it occurred. In many instances, criminals do not make charges on stolen cards immediately. Sometimes, it may be weeks or months after the moment you are skimmed until fraudulent charges are made.
If you have reason to believe you were skimmed at a gas station in Montgomery County, please give our Weights and Measures department a call at 937-225-6309.
While it is typically impossible to know for sure if there is a card skimmer inside of a pump, there are several tips that can be followed to protect yourself from being skimmed:
Gas stations are not required to have security seals placed over the door to the credit card reader, however, they are helpful in preventing skimmers. The responsibility is on the gas station to place security seals over the door, if they choose to do so. If you see a security seal that is broken, please inform the station attendant so they can examine the pump. Our weights and measures inspectors are not allowed to place these seals on the pumps.
Montgomery County property owners have a duty and obligation to pay Real Estate Taxes. Real Estate Taxes are an important funding source for local schools and governments. Property owners who do not pay their taxes pass this responsibility to those who do pay their taxes. The Tax Lien Sale provides immediate funding of past due tax dollars to the agencies that rely on property tax funds.
Liens consist of past-due taxes plus fees, penalties, and interest that are sold to qualified financial lenders. Liens are sold in large bundles and cannot be bought individually. Property owners cannot buy liens associated with their properties.
View the Treasurer page to find out how much you owe. Then enter the property address. If you receive an error or do not see a balance, contact our office at 937-225-4010 option 2.
Yes. Before a lien on your past due taxes is sold, you have two options. You can pay your past due taxes or you may be eligible to enter into a payment arrangement to pay your past due taxes.
Payment plans are monthly arrangements you make to pay off delinquent debt. You agree to pay a balance each month for the duration of your plan. Payment plans combine past-due taxes with future property taxes throughout the duration of the plan.
To start a delinquent payment plan, a downpayment is REQUIRED. A downpayment on a basic payment plan requires 20% of the total amount due to include total delinquency and full year current taxes. However this is subject to change in the month the current taxes are due.
After the sale, there will be additional fees and interest charged against your property by the lien holder. If full payment is not made within twelve months of the date your lien is sold, the lien holder can foreclose on your property which could lead to the loss of your property.
Tax liens are sold in large bundles to qualified financial institutions. When a tax lien is sold, the property owner receives a notice with the lien purchaser's name stated on it by certified mail. You may also contact the Montgomery County Treasurer's Office at 937-225-4010, Option 2, to obtain this information.
If a tax lien has been sold, you will need to make arrangements with the lien holder to make payments. You can contact our office to determine which lien company bought the purchased the lien.
If the property owner does not pay the Montgomery County Treasurer's Office the remaining debt owed on the tax lien, then the lien purchaser has the option to begin foreclosure. Foreclosure can result in the loss of your property.
Yes. Property owners must pay both the tax lien and current property taxes during regular payment periods (February and July). If current taxes are not paid during regular payment periods, a second lien can be sold on the additional unpaid real estate taxes. Additional fees and penalties will be charged for a second lien.
Current taxes for all tax lien sold parcels are required to be paid by cash, cashier's check, or money order until all of the tax lien certificates are released. To see if your lien has been released:
If the lien holder is still listed, your lien has not been released regardless of if you have paid the lien holder.
Your property taxes may increase due to an increase in your effective tax rate. Tax rates may increase due to levies that are passed by election in your jurisdiction. Your taxes may also increase when there is an increase in the appraised value of your property.
Families with an adult who has received federally funded assistance for a total of five years (or less at state option) are not eligible for cash aid under the TANF program.
The Job Center1111 S Edwin C. Moses BoulevardDayton, OH 45422
30 days or less.
Photo ID, proof of income, social security number, proof of residency, utility bills, rent receipts, and landlord statement.
Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 to 5 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:30 to 6:30 pm
Customer Services Office at 937-225-6164.
Property owners who have experienced tornado damage, but who did not apply for the damaged property tax relief program last year, are eligible to apply.
Our office sent letters in July to those whom we have identified as being eligible for this program. However, if you didn’t receive a letter, and believe you may be eligible, we encourage you to apply.
Included with our office's letter is an appeal form and a settlement agreement. The settlement agreement is based on the value that our appraisals have established for your property. Property owners who complete both forms and return them to the Board of Revision are eligible for a partial refund in the property taxes they pay this year, in 2020. By signing the settlement agreement, property owners are able to have their property value lowered without a hearing.
We know it's confusing. Yes, you must complete both:
The complaint form is required by law for us to adjust your value. The settlement agreement allows us to make that adjustment without a hearing. So please complete both and mail them back to us.
Property owners who disagree with the tentative new value on their settlement agreement are able to make a case for a different value. Those individuals can submit their Board of Revision appeal form with their opinion of value, and they will be scheduled for a hearing later this year. You do not need to complete the settlement agreement if you wish to make a case for a different value.
If you believe you may be eligible for this program, but did not receive a letter from us, you can still apply. Please download a Board of Revision complaint form from this website, complete it, and mail it to our office. You can also give us a call at 937-496-6856 and we can mail you a form.
The deadline to apply is August 24th.
We are very happy to answer any questions you may have. Please give us a call at 937-496-6856 during normal business hours and one of us will be available to help!
To see if you lien has been released:1. Click here and enter your property information. 2. Look under the "Master Information" section of your property. If lien sold is still listed, your lien has not been released regardless of if you have paid the lien holder.
The Semi-Annual Property Charge is a charge for solid waste services. Any questions can be directed to 937-225-4901.
Ohio Revised Code doesn’t specifically define a fixed location, but ORC 5739.17(D) states: “[a location is] not temporary if the same person conducted business at the place continuously for more than six months or occupied the premises as the person’s permanent residence for more than six months, or if the person intends it to be a fixed place of business.”
Per House Bill 508, the vendor would only require a County Vendor’s license. The different county rates should still be charged and reported separately on the County Vendor’s license.
The taxpayer will close the Transient Vendor’s license and apply for a County Vendor’s license. The different county rates should still be charged and reported separately on the County Vendor’s license.
Providing the taxpayer maintains one centralized location from which sales are made, a County Vendor’s license should be obtained. The different county rates should still be charged and reported separately on the County Vendor’s license.
No. A vendor that already holds one or both of these license types will continue to report its sales tax under its current licenses. The elimination of these two types of licenses affects only vendors that register after September 1, 2012.
The Auditor's Office issues only the County Vendor's License for businesses located at a fixed location within Montgomery County. The County Vendor's License can be obtained at the Montgomery County Auditor's Office at 451 W Third Street, 1st Floor, Dayton, Ohio 45422. You can also use the Vendor's Application link below to fill out the application and either bring or mail it to our office with a check for $25, which is a one-time fee as long as your business stays within the county. If you should move your business to another county, contact the County Auditor in the new county to purchase another Vendor's License. If you move your business to another address within Montgomery County, the Ohio Department of Taxation can be notified with the Business Address Update Form. The Auditor's Office can be reached regarding County Vendor's Licenses at 937-225-4314.
Please be advised: Any vendor's license paperwork brought in after 4 pm will be processed the next business day. We will either mail the license to your business address or you can pick up the license the following business day.
Transient Vendor's Licenses are also $25 and are issued by the State of Ohio Department of Taxation. They are available only online or by calling 888-405-4089. To get a form or file online, Sales and Use Tax Site.
The card is free of charge for all eligible veterans.
You are eligible to receive a Veteran ID Card as long as your DD-214 identifies your discharge type as "honorable".
No, as long as you record your DD-214 here, you can get an ID Card
You must call the Montgomery County Veteran Services Office at 937-225-4801 to set up an appointment to request a copy of your DD-214.
Under Ohio law, the Veteran Identification Card is valid for 10 years from the date of its issuance
Montgomery County Environmental Services receives its drinking water from the City of Dayton Water Department. The source of Dayton's drinking water is the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, which is a groundwater aquifer under the influence of surface water.
As new scientific information on contaminants arises, and improved methods of testing are developed, the list of components we test for to ensure the highest quality of water increases. In the most recent list of contaminants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that are being tested for, there is a group called Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Testing from the City of Dayton has shown some of these chemicals are present in the source water.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in many industrial applications and consumer products such as carpeting, waterproof clothing, upholstery, food paper wrappings, personal care products, fire-fighting foams, and metal plating. They have been used in a variety of industries around the globe and have been used in the United States since the 1940s. They are still used today.
PFAS can enter drinking water at sites where they are made, used, disposed of, or spilled. PFAS can be found in the air near manufacturing facilities and can enter rainwater. PFAS are very mobile and can be transported through rainwater run-off and enter surface water (lakes, ponds, etc.) or seep through the soil and migrate into ground water (underground sources of drinking water). Because PFAS are very long-lasting and are not easily broken down by sunlight or other natural processes, they may remain in the environment for many years.
We purchase our water from The City of Dayton, which regularly reports its sampling data. Find more information on the Dayton, Ohio website.
Montgomery County is learning more about the new landscape surrounding PFAS and working with the City of Dayton moving forward.
Do not boil your water in an attempt to remove/reduce PFAS. Boiling only increases the concentration of PFAS in water.
We recommend contacting the EPA at 1-800-426-4791 for more information about this topic.
We recommend contacting the EPA at 1-800-426-4791 or going to the EPA website for more information about the EPA Health Advisory for PFAS.
Contact Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County at 937-225-5700.
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According to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 743.04,
When water rents or charges are not paid when due, the director or other official or body may do [...] the following:
Certify them, together with any penalties, to the county auditor. The county auditor shall place the certified amount on the real property tax list and duplicate against the property served by the connection...
Select your account from the menu on the left. Then select Auto Pay
Then select “Enroll”
Choose the appropriate link for ACH or CC to set up Auto Pay with a bank account or a credit card.
Auto Pay payments are taken on the due date.
Please remember to update the credit card or bank account number if the account expires or changes. If the Auto Pay transaction fails, late fees and penalties may apply.
Please note: By default Auto Pay takes effect the next time a statement is generated unless another option is selected. Other options may include the following:
Yes, you can! Just call 937-781-2688. You will need to enter your account number. You can get your account balance, last payment date, amount of last payment, and bill due date. Other information is also available. You can also access account information on the Pay Water Bill page.
Most of our water/sewer bills are issued quarterly. For regular water/sewer bills, payment is due within 21 days of the billing date. Final bills have a shorter due date.
To ensure that your payment reaches us on time, we recommend that you allow 5 to 7 days for mailing. After 21 days, bills are considered delinquent and subject to a 10% penalty.
Call our office at least 48 hours before you move to schedule a "final" reading. A final bill will be sent to you at your new address. If you are moving within our service area, we will also set up a new service account in your name at your new location.
Water and sewer charges are calculated in units of one hundred cubic feet (approximately 750 gallons) of water, which registers through the water meter. This charge, based on your water usage, is the "base" or "volume" charge.
A fixed service charge is the cost of your connection to the water and sewer systems. The service charge is based on the number of days in a billing cycle (typically 91 days). Even if your water service is turned off, you will be charged the service fee. However, if your meter is pulled, you will not be responsible for this fee.
A well-field protection fee is also included to fund the Well Field Protection Program, which is designed to protect against threats to our water supply.
Contact us and we will mail your bill to your temporary address. There are fixed fees or service charges that will be due even if there is no water consumption. If leaving your home during the winter months, take precautions to avoid problems with freezing pipes:
If you are unable to pay your bill on time, call our office at 937-781-2688 before the due date. You can also visit us in person at 1850 Spaulding Road, Kettering, Ohio 45432. Payment arrangements may be available if you have not had a history of returned checks, previously defaulted on arrangements, have not had a discharged bankruptcy, or had water service terminated for nonpayment. Arrangements are finalized in the office when the initial payment is made and future payment dates are scheduled to complete the plan. If you are a tenant, the property owner must also approve the payment plan.
Undetected leaks are the number one cause of higher water bills. Even the smallest leak can be costly. Check your toilets and other plumbing fixtures, including outside faucets and hose bibs. It may be cost-effective to have a plumber inspect your home's plumbing system from time to time.
During the summer, many people's water usage also increases both inside and out. More bathing, more laundry, and watering lawns and plants can quickly add up. Customers who use large amounts of water for lawn sprinkling may realize savings in sewer charges by having a separate sprinkling meter installed, which removes sewer charges from water used for lawn and outdoor applications. The owner must pay for the meter and installation.
Make sure we are able to read your meter regularly. Bills are estimated when we are unable to get a meter reading and estimates may be lower than actual usage, resulting in a higher bill once an actual reading is taken.
We have a special payment program for senior citizens but are unable to offer reduced rates. The County water and sewer systems are governed by the Ohio Revised Code, which mandates equal rates to all users. Our "Designated Senior Citizen" program does, however, provide a customized payment period to correspond to the date of one's pension check issuance. Avoid late payment fees by communicating with customer service before your bill is due. Contact our office during business hours for full details at 937-781-2688.
Call us at 937-781-2688 within the 21-day prompt payment period. You are a valued customer and our customer service representatives are ready to assist you with fair and reasonable solutions. Make sure to have your account number ready when you call.
When there is more overall demand for water, there is less pressure to go around. Water pressure will fluctuate throughout the day depending on how many people are using water at one time.
Montgomery County purchases its water from the City of Dayton and distributes the water to our customers. The source of the City of Dayton's drinking water is the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer. This aquifer is a large underground area of water-bearing sand and gravel deposits. Information about the aquifer can be obtained from the Ohio EPA at 937-285-6357.
Your water usage is measured in hundred cubic feet or CCF. This is equivalent to 748 gallons.
Wastewater is sewage. Montgomery County Environmental Services treats wastewater, which is then safely released into streams and rivers.
Montgomery County Environmental Services' water mains have a pressure ranging from 32 psi to 145 psi, depending on your location in our distribution system. Factors influencing this range may include, but are not limited to:
When the static pressure in your property is greater than or equal to 80 psi, Section 4101:3-604.8 of the Ohio Plumbing Code states "an approved water-pressure reducing valve conforming to ASSE 1003 with strainer shall be installed to reduce the pressure in the building water distribution piping to 80 psi (552 kPa) static or less." Over time, excessive pressure may damage plumbing fixtures in your property, cause noisy pipes, and possibly lead to leaking pipes. The installation of this valve is at the customer's expense.
Note that in areas of Montgomery County that experience low water pressure, Section 3.11 of our Rules and Regulations states "the Sanitary Engineering (now Environmental Services) Department does not guarantee a fixed pressure…" If the pressure is inadequate to provide enough flow to plumbing fixtures in your property, then a booster pump and pressure tank may be installed at the customer's expense.
The water may become discolored in an area due to emergency situations such as a fire or a water main break. During these events, the flow in the water system is increased, which may cause minerals that have accumulated in the pipes to become dislodged. One of these minerals is iron, which causes the water to appear yellow to dark brown. If this should happen, give the water system time to settle down, and check the water every half hour by running some in the bathtub. If it still appears to be discolored, do not use it to wash laundry. If you were doing laundry when the water became discolored, do not dry the laundry. Leave the laundry wet and purchase a product such as Iron-Out or Rust-Out in the laundry section of the grocery store.
To ensure accuracy or improve the public water system, the County may replace your water meter periodically. We are currently replacing all of our old water meters with automated radio-read meters, which will allow our meter technicians to read your water usage without physically accessing the meter. These meters help improve efficiency, reduce costs and provide more accurate billing.
Periodically, fire hydrants may be opened to flush out sediment and keep the hydrants in good working order in case of fire. Also, the pressure may be tested in some areas to ensure the system is working properly.
Montgomery County water is softened to approximately 9 grains per gallon. Most of our customers choose not to use a water softener.
Montgomery County Environmental Services is responsible for the installation, inspection, and maintenance of all public water lines from the water mains to the curb stop. If a break occurs in this area, Water Services will repair it at no cost to the owner of the property. A customer's responsibility begins at the curb stop and includes the installation and maintenance of service piping into the building, inside and outside plumbing and fixtures, and adequate protection for water meters against freezing or other damage. If a break occurs in this area, repairs will be at the expense of the property owner.
Call our 24-hour emergency number: 937-781-2678.
Call our 24-hour emergency number: 937-781-2678
Please call 937-781-2678 to report a sewer backup. Montgomery County Environmental Services is responsible for maintaining the main line sewer. If a stoppage occurs in the main line, Environmental Services will remedy or clear it. Any blockage within the private sewer service lateral, which runs from the main line sewer to the building or home, is the customer's responsibility.
When fat, oil, or grease (FOG) is released into the sewer lines in any amount, it poses a serious threat to the County's sanitary sewer collection system's ability to remove waste from our community. FOG sticks to the sides of pipes, decreasing the pipe's capacity and eventually blocking the pipe entirely. This requires our sewer piping to be cleaned more often and equipment may need to be replaced due to grease-related damages.
If you are using deep fryers in your establishment, contact a rendering company to provide a bin or barrel for regular pick up.
Brown grease means floatable fats, oils, and greases and settled solids that are recovered from grease-control devices (e.g., grease traps and interceptors). Brown grease is difficult to reuse, but may become part of renewable energy sources in the future. We do not accept the discharge of brown grease into our sanitary sewer system.
Yellow grease means fats, oils, and greases that have not been in contact or contaminated with other sources (e.g., water, wastewater, solid waste, etc). An example of yellow grease is fryer oil, which can be recycled into products such as animal feed, cosmetics and alternative fuel. Yellow grease is also referred to as "renderable."
No grease should ever be poured down the drain, but should be disposed of in a responsible and environmentally safe manner. Call 937-781-2562 for more information.
Products such as detergents that claim to dissolve grease may pass the grease down the pipeline and cause problems elsewhere. In short, you remove it from your immediate vicinity only to help create a larger problem downstream.
Additives are generally prohibited, as many tend to pass grease down the pipeline and cause problems elsewhere.
Customers have three options for shutting off their water to complete plumbing repairs:
1. The main shut-off valve is the easiest method to turn off your water for plumbing repairs, and it is located inside the property. Montgomery County Environmental Services does not have a record of where these valves are located, because they belong to the customer. If you can determine where the plumbing comes into the house, you can generally trace the incoming water line and find a shut-off valve there. There may be a pipe coming in through a basement wall or up through a utility room floor. In many homes, the water comes into the property in a utility room. The water would normally enter a property in a straight line from the meter pit, which is located outside. This may help you locate it.
2. If the location of the main shut-off valve is not apparent, and your water meter is not indoors, there is a meter pit outside your property. It is a 12" round lid on the ground. The meter pit can be opened with a pair of channel locks, by turning the hexagonal nut on top of the lid counter-clockwise to open the lid. In older homes, there may be a gate valve in the meter pit (such as you would use to turn on a garden hose) to turn the water on and off. If you do not have one of those, there may be a lock stop valve at the meter. It looks something like this.
Figure 1: This is a lock-stop valve. When the 2 holes at the top are lined up, the valve is off, when it looks like the photo above, it is in the on position. You can turn the valve with a pair of channel locks.
3. The third option to turn off water is a "curb stop," which is the County's shut-off valve. It is typically located in the easement near the roadway or within a couple feet of the meter pit. We can use the curb stop to turn off your water, but it requires a special key. NOTE: There is a $43.25 trip charge to shut the water off at the curb stop for a plumbing repair. This cost includes water service restoration as long as it is done during normal business hours. This call requires a day's notice to schedule unless there is a flooding emergency. If you would like to schedule your water to be shut off at the curb stop, please contact Customer Service at 937-781-2688 during normal business hours. If you need this service for a flooding emergency after hours or on a weekend, additional charges may apply.
Figure 2: This is the lid to the meter pit located outside the home. You can use this to help locate the water line that enters your home.
No. Orientation is held Monday through Thursday at 9 am, and 1 pm
Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
Yes, it is a requirement.
Proof of identification.
Dependent on individual's circumstances.
Up to two years.
Call Kathy Black at 937-496-3302 or Jacqueline Williams at 937-824-4569.
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