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1/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Real estate valuation complaint deadline April 1

SUMMIT COUNTY — Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise, CPA, CFE, reminds taxpayers that the Board of Revision is accepting complaints against the valuation of their real estate as of Jan. 1. The deadline to file a complaint form (DTE 1) is April 1.

The Summit County Board of Revision reviews complaints about property values. Taxpayers who do not agree with the county’s valuation of their property have the opportunity to file a complaint with the Board of Revision for review of property values. When a complaint is filed, the Board of Revision will schedule a hearing, review testimony provided and issue a decision on whether a correction should be made to the valuation. The board does not hear complaints regarding real estate taxes.

Complaint forms are required to be signed, dated and notarized. Submissions must be postmarked on or before April 1. Complaint forms can be hand-delivered or mailed to the Summit County Fiscal Office, 175 S. Main St., Room 302, Akron, OH 44308, or the satellite office at Summit County Board of Revision, 2525 State Road, Room 153, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.

Property owners may obtain a complaint form by calling 330-643-2631 or visiting the website fiscaloffice.summitoh.net and choosing the Board of Revision Complaint link on the home page. The complaint form is a PDF fill-in.

Board of Revision members are the fiscal officer, the county executive, the county clerk of courts and/or their representatives.

 

Homeowners should be aware of unsolicited mail offering to reduce property taxes 

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County Fiscal Office and Office of Consumer Affairs once again are reminding homeowners who receive unsolicited mail offering for a fee to help lower property taxes to know this may be done for free.

The Summit County Fiscal Office’s Board of Revision reviews complaints about property values. To learn how to file a complaint, call the Board of Revision at 330-643-2631 or visit fiscaloffice.sum mitoh.net/index.php/board-of-revision-complaint.

“It is important, especially in these economic times, that property owners know that they do not need to pay a third party to file a valuation appeal on their behalf,” said Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise in a press release. “This is a free service. Summit County property owners can file an appeal at no cost with my Board of Revision. The process is simple and convenient. Instead of paying this unnecessary fee, please call my office at 330-643-2631 or visit fiscaloffice.summitoh.net for instructions on how to file your own appeal.”

By statute, complaint forms can be submitted to the Board of Revision after Jan. 1 but prior to the close of business at 4 p.m. April 1.

“Consumers must always be on the watch whenever receiving unsolicited mail, texts, emails or telephone calls,” advises Consumer Affairs Director Cynthia Sich. “Many times your local government offices can provide information on how you can perform the services for free or at a lesser cost. In the past, we have also seen homeowners receive similar unsolicited literature [that] for a fee of $50 or more, companies claim they will order a certified copy of your property deed. Again homeowners can do this directly with the Fiscal Office and pay a nominal fee of $5 for a certified copy.”

Homeowners are urged to always investigate an offer before agreeing to or paying for services. Those who are unsure of an offer may contact the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs at 330-643-2879 to have it researched, or visit www.co.summit.oh.us/consumeraffairs.

 

OSU Extension presents shale energy development workshop

CANFIELD — Landowners interested in shale energy development are invited to attend an Ohio State University (OSU) Extension workshop Feb. 23. “Shale and You: A Workshop for Landowners” will take place at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Registration is $15. Materials and refreshments will be guaranteed to those whose registrations arrive at the OSU Extension Ag Law’s office in Columbus by Feb. 18. The registration form is available at serc.osu.edu/events/shale-and-you-workshop-landowners.

Peggy Hall, assistant professor and OSU Extension field specialist in agricultural and resource law, who is coordinating the effort, emphasizes that the workshop is designed to help landowners make the best decisions possible. It’s not geared to discuss the pros and cons of such development, she said.

“As an educational institution, OSU Extension is focused on providing relevant information to help those who are dealing with shale energy development,” she said. “We don’t set policy or make decisions for people.”

The workshop will include presentations by OSU Extension educators, including sessions on:

• “Update on Ohio Shale Development and Activity,” by Chris Penrose, OSU Extension educator in Morgan County;

• “Leasing and Landowners: What if Problems Arise?,” by Hall;

• “Taxation and Wealth Management of Oil and Gas Income,” by Dave Marrison, OSU Extension educator in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties, and Polly Loy, OSU Extension educator in Belmont County;

• “Your Private Water Source: When and Why to Test,” by Sarah Cross, OSU Extension educator in Harrison and Jefferson counties, and Hall;

• “Pumping the Product: Pipeline Construction,” by Mark Landefeld, OSU Extension educator in Monroe County, and Chris Zoller, OSU Extension educator in Tuscarawas County; and

• “One Family’s Experience With Shale Development,” featuring Steve Schumacher, OSU Extension educator in Belmont County, and a panel of landowners who have dealt with shale development directly.

For more information, contact Chris Hogan with OSU Extension’s Agricultural Law Program at 614-247-7898 or hogan.154@osu.edu.

 

Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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