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Yoder warns property owners about valuation appeals

YoderLogan County Auditor Michael Yoder is warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with valuation appeals.

Tax Compliance Services, LCC of Cleveland has mailed letters to area residents saying they could be overpaying their taxes because “the county” value of their property might be in error.

Yoder said owners can do their own research and can file an appeal for no charge with the Logan County Board of Revision (BOR). Information concerning their property as well as recent sales of comparable properties can be accessed on auditor’s website at www.co.logan.oh.us at any time, day or night. Simply click on Auditor on the upper left portion of the page to begin.

“The information is available and easy to access,” Yoder said. “Why pay some out-of-town company to provide what you can get for free?” He said similar letters have been mailed to property owners in counties across the state.

He noted that no one can offer a “guarantee” of a value reduction by the BOR. “Promises of ‘risk free’ filings are extremely misleading. Each case is considered on its merits and the BOR can increase, decrease, of allow the value to remain the same” he said.

The BOR is a three-member board which includes a county commissioner, as well as the county treasurer and county auditor.

Auditor Yoder completed a full reappraisal effective for tax year 2013 which will be payable in calendar year 2014. Owners who believe their value is inaccurate should file their complaint in the auditor’s office. Complaints are accepted between January 1st and March 31st each year.

Complaint forms and instructions are available from the auditor’s office or may be obtained at the auditor’s website. Questions may be asked by contacting the auditor’s office at 599-7209 or by e-mail at meyoder@co.logan.oh.us.

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