2011-12-10 / News

Real estate reappraisal works begins

LANCASTER – The initial collection of real property data and verification that will be used for the 2013 reappraisal of real property for tax purposes begins this month, according to Fairfield County Auditor. Jon Slater, Jr. State law requires each county in the state of Ohio to revalue each parcel of property every six years. With over 65,000 parcels this process will require over two years to complete.

Tyler Technologies, Inc. has been contracted to complete the reappraisal and will work closely with the auditor and the real estate office staff.

“I am confident in Tyler’s ability to complete the reappraisal accurately and timely” said Slater. “Tyler’s CLT Division is one of the oldest reappraisal companies in the State of Ohio and not only has completed reappraisals for this county in the past but provides the tax accounting software we have utilized for over 20 years.”

A large component of the acquiring data will utilize digital photography. “While in the past we have used overhead orthodigital photography this go around we will also utilize oblique photography similar to the “Bing Birds- Eye” product as well as street level photography to analyze our data” Slater stated.

Over the next 8-10 weeks there will be several data collection and photography crews working throughout the county. These crews will be driving vehicles clearly marked that they are working with the Fairfield County Auditor and will be leaving additional information at every structure.

“With the housing recession that Ohio has experienced since 2008 continuing it is important to all property owners that we get the values correct so that equalization takes place fairly in our county,” Slater added. “While being in the Columbus Metro area has helped to dull the impact seen around the country to real property values here, I feel lucky that the 2010 census shows we still have growth going on”.

The assistance and cooperation of the property owners is very helpful in updating and enhancing the accuracy of the property records being used more and more every day by the public, business, safety forces and local government jurisdictions. Questions regarding the reappraisal program should be directed to the Fairfield County Auditor’s real estate office at 740-652-7030.

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