News / Press Releases
Monday, March 01, 2021

Board of Revision Hearing Notice for Monday March 15, 2021

Board of Revision Hearing Notice for Monday March 15, 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Board of Revision Cancelation for March 29, 2021

The Board of Revision hearing for March 29, 2021 has been canceled.

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Auditor Calls for Unity in Tax Reduction

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Released: Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Thursday, December 31, 2020

How to File for the Board of Revision Tax Year 2020

Due to the current Covid 19 Pandemic, the Board of Revision will be taking the DTE 1 Complaint Against the Valuation of Real Property form by email, fax, and mail (see below).  As a reminder before submission, all complaint forms must be NOTARIZED.
 

Email to: appraisal@gcauditor.com
 
Fax to: (440) 286-4359
 
Mail to: Geauga County Auditor
Appraisal Board of Revision
231 Main St. Suite 1A
Chardon, OH 44024
Monday, December 14, 2020

Geauga County HR Portal Video

 

Geauga County employees can login or create an account at
https://myportal.gcoadp.org/Websites.HR.Portal/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2Fwebsites.hr.portal%2F.

Thursday, December 03, 2020

2020 Triennial Update values have been completed and are open for public inspection

2020 is a state-mandated triennial update year for Geauga County. The State of Ohio has required Geauga County to review the last three years of sales (2017, 2018, and 2019) and to trend the values to reflect market value changes. It is important to know that when values increase, it does not translate to higher taxes by the same percentage. The new values will be used in calculating your 2020 taxes, payable for the 1st half in January 2021. The differences in values may be due to new construction (improvements), lot splits, buildings removed, reappraisal/update, farm and forestry credits, or a combination of these. The new 2020 property values are available for review and can be found using the Geauga REALink search.

 

To assist you, please see our “Frequently Asked Questions.” Additionally, we will have appraisers on staff should you wish to discuss your value.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact our Appraisal office:

Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Email: appraisal@gcauditor.com

Fax: (440) 286-4359

Phone: (440) 279-1601

Mailing Address: Geauga County Auditor

                             231 Main St., Suite 1A

                             Chardon, OH 44024

 

Due to Covid-19, no walk-ins please.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Triennial Update? The triennial update is a study and analysis of sales that have taken place during the three years after the revaluation in order to determine if property values have changed during that time. The Ohio Department of Taxation makes recommendations to adjust values based on the relationship of value to sales prices by district. As the name indicates, it is designed to update market values previously established in the last sexennial reappraisal to avoid large changes in value over a six-year period. Properties are not physically looked at during this process. The triennial considers sales from 2017 through 2019.

What is the timeline for Geauga County’s reappraisals/updates? Ohio law requires that a revaluation take place every six years to review each property in the county and make adjustments based on market activity and economic conditions to ensure fair and equitable values. The law also requires a triennial update of values take place three years later.

  • Tax Year 2017 was the last sexennial reappraisal (all properties viewed)
  • Tax Year 2020 is a triennial update (trending of market values)
  • Tax Year 2023 is the next sexennial reappraisal

Did all properties get the same value adjustment due to the triennial update? Trending of values varied depending on neighborhood market sales.

If the Market Value of my home increases by 10% will my taxes increase 10%? No! HB 920 provides a credit to protect homeowners from tax increases due to reappraisals/updates. The increase is from the inside millage of 10 mills provided for by the State of Ohio and allocated to schools, cities, counties, and other local governments that are not subject to the HB 920 credit. If you live in a school district which is at or near the 20-mill floor, this increase will be more. Ohio has provided that HB 920 cannot reduce school districts millage for general operations under 20 mills, combined inside and outside millage. Therefore, HB 920 does not provide as much credit in these school districts as it does normally.

My home has never been for sale and we have no plans to sell it, why does my value increase based on my neighbors who sold their homes? Ohio law mandates that the county auditor appraise all property at its market value. This assures that everyone pays only their fair share of the real estate tax burden and provides for better equalization of values. For this 2020 update the State of Ohio has required Geauga County to trend values using sales of properties for the past three years (2017, 2018, and 2019).

What causes changes in my tax bill? The value added to your property due to new construction will raise your property taxes. Also, whenever voters pass new levies, taxes will increase according to the specific millage voted. These are the principle reasons that property taxes increase.

I didn’t vote for the last tax levy. Why should I have to pay for it? This is an instance of majority rules. By Ohio law, taxes must be levied uniformly throughout a taxing district.

What causes changes in valuation other than a reappraisal/update? Alterations or changes to the property such as new construction, buildings added or razed, remodeling, additions, finished basement, new agricultural buildings, etc.

Was there a change in CAUV values this year? Soil rates are set by the State of Ohio. All soil rates stayed the same or went down.

How can I appeal the market value placed on my home?

  • If you recently purchased your property or have had an appraisal performed by a state-licensed or certified appraiser during 2018, 2019, or 2020, you can email, mail, or fax us a copy of your purchase agreement or appraisal for consideration. Please indicate a daytime phone number with your submission in case we need to contact you.
  • If you have not purchased your home recently or have a recent appraisal and are unsatisfied you may file a formal complaint with the Geauga County Board of Revision. Complaint Against the Valuation of Real Property Forms are available on our website under Appraisal/Board of Revision or by calling at (440) 279-1601. Forms must be filed after January 1st but before March 31st of 2021 to appeal a 2020 value.
Monday, November 23, 2020

#1 Dog in Geauga County

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Released: Monday, November 23, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

For Immediate Release: Auditor's Office Releases New Website Services

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Released: Monday, October 26, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

For Immediate Release: Auditor's Office Cuts Costs for County Phone Bill Savings

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Released: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Friday, October 09, 2020

For Immediate Release:  Auditor's Office Distributes Further COVID-19 Funds

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Released: Thursday, October 08, 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Find Information for the October 8th, 2020 Forfeited Land Sale

Follow this link for information regarding the October 8th, 2020 forfeited land sale

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Auditor Walder Refunds Savings to Local Governments and Taxing Authorities

Money saved from reducing REA fund expenses is distributed.

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Monday, August 10, 2020

COVID-19 AND YOU: As the fight against the virus rages on, the Auditor’s Office is here to help

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Released: Monday, August 10, 2020

Friday, April 24, 2020

Auditor's Office Reduces Real Estate Assessment Fund Expenses and Refunds Savings to Local Governments and Taxing Authorities

Geauga County Auditor Charles E. Walder announced that his Office has drastically reduced expenses in the Real Estate Assessment ("REA") Fund since his taking office in April 2018 and is refunding a half million dollars to Geauga County's school districts, townships, municipalities, and other taxing authorities.

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Auditor announces 90 day Beta Testing of the eSuite Employee Self-Service Portal

Auditor announces 90 day Beta Testing of the eSuite Employee Self-Service Portal

Access Instruction HERE

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Homestead Real Property Transfer Tax Exemption has been repealed for Real Property and Manufactured Homes effective September 1, 2019

September 1, 2019 - The Homestead Real Property Transfer Tax Exemption has been repealed for Real Property and Manufactured Homes effective September 1, 2019. Beginning September 1, 2019, all conveyances will cost $4.00 (per $1,000.00 of transfer).

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Newbury and West Geauga School District Estimator

Check the new School District Estimator to see how the consolidated school districts may impact your property taxes.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Geauga IT Center Fixes E-Mail Outage

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Released: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Geauga IT Center Helps 100,000

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Released: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Geauga County Auditor's Office Corrects Fuel Tax Distribution to Municipalities

For more information, please see the Press Release.

Released: Monday, October 15, 2018

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ohio Senate Approves Bill to Cut Farm Taxes

Read the Full Article - Here

Friday, September 05, 2014

The 2017 Real Estate Report

The 2017 Real Estate Report is now Available

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Education Associations' Testimony & CAUV Analysis

Please see the testimony of the various school associations from the Thursday, June 15th hearing on the budget bill in the Senate Finance Committee. See Dr. Howard Fleeter's CAUV analysis. This link is to the Saturday, June 17th article on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Real Estate Tax Due Dates

Taxes are typically billed in January (first half) and June (second half) of each year and are always due on the second Wednesday of February and the second Wednesday of July.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

(CAFR) and (PAFR) Reports

Annual Financial Reports: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Geauga County officials celebrate making final payment on Safety Center

Geauga County officials celebrate making final payment on Safety Center

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Information regarding a new Payroll Savings Plan

Information regarding a new Payroll Savings Plan can be found here or at the Treasury Direct website.