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Ohio Senate passes bill to change the process for challenging local property taxes

 Ohio House Rep. Derek Merrin (R- Monclova Township)
Ohio House of Representatives
Ohio House of Representatives
Ohio House Rep. Derek Merrin (R- Monclova Township)

The Ohio Senate has passeda billthat would limit the way local governments contest property values when assessing taxes.

Republican Sen. Lou Blessing III (R-Colerain Township) describes it as "a bill that brings balance to the property valuation complaint and challenge process.” He said the current system hurts businesses and homeowners by allowing unexpected tax increases. And he says this bill will make sure taxpayers who challenge their assessments have a fair shot of winning those appeals.

But Franklin County Auditor Mike Stinziano says the bill goes too far. Stinziano, a Democrat, says some of the changes skew the appraisal and revision process.

“And if that appraised value isn’t captured correctly, it has the consequence of other property owners having to make up that difference," Stinziano says.

Stinziano explains the goal should be to make sure everyone pays their fair share. And if that doesn't happen, he says those who are paying their taxes in full might end up paying higher property taxes.

The Ohio House will have to concur with the Senate's changes to the bill. Then it will head to Governor Mike DeWine's desk for his approval.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.