County Auditor Pleased to Announce Tax Relief for Disabled Veterans

Posted July 14th, 2014 in Uncategorized by John Federer

Clark County Auditor John S. Federer announced today that Ohio Legislators approved Amended Substitute House Bill 85.  The bill regarding Disabled Veterans’ Homestead Exemption was signed by the Governor on June 12, 2014 and enhances the exemption for military veterans who are 100% disabled from a service-connected disability.

BILL SUMMARY:

  •  H.B 85 Increases the homestead exemption amount from $25,000 to $50,000 to qualified disabled veterans.
  • The bill also exempts disabled veterans from the newly established income limit.
  • If a disabled veteran dies while receiving the exemption, the exemption continues for the homestead if a surviving spouse acquires ownership of the homestead and resides there. No age restriction is placed on surviving spouses. The exemption continues through the year in which the surviving spouse dies, ceases to own or occupy the homestead, or remarries.
  • Homeowners would first receive the exemption for tax year 2014 (or tax year 2015 for manufactured homes)

ELIGIBILITY:

To receive the increased exemption under the bill, a homeowner must be a veteran of the armed forces of the United States, including reserve components thereof, or of the national guard, who has received a permanent total disability rating or a total disability rating for a service-connected disability or combination of service-connected disabilities for which the schedule for rating disabilities in Schedule 38, Part 4 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as amended, prescribes a 100% evaluation. When applying for the exemption, the veteran must provide written confirmation of the disability from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

WHEN TO FILE:

The application with appropriate paperwork should be filed with the County Auditor between January 6, 2015 and June 1, 2015.

“We are extremely grateful for the sacrifices made by these brave men and women,” said Federer.  Please visit our website at: www.clarkcountyauditor.org for updated information as it becomes available.

 

July 11, 2014

GIS Director recognized at National Conference

Posted February 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized by John Federer

Shayne Gray, GIS Director for the Clark County Auditor’s Office, was recognized as a presenter at the FutureView 2014 National User Conference held this month in San Antonio, Texas.  The event highlighted advances in Pictometry Imagery and delivery, 3D technology along with leading analytical and solution-based tools.  Mr. Gray presented information on GIS for 9-1-1, address points and building interiors.

“I am proud of the evolvement of the cutting-edge technology which has been brought into the Auditor’s Office and the entire County to make it the ‘best in class’ to benefit the Clark County taxpayers,” said County Auditor John S. Federer

Auditor Receives Continuing Education Award

Posted November 18th, 2013 in Uncategorized by John Federer

Clark County Auditor John S. Federer is a recipient of the “Distinguished
County Auditor” award, presented by the County Auditors’ Association of
Ohio (CAAO). The award recognizes County Auditors who have completed
100 or more hours of continuing education during their term of office. Mr.
Federer will be recognized and receive the award from CAAO President
Karl Keith, Montgomery County Auditor, during the CAAO Winter
Conference later this month. In recognizing this achievement the CAAO
notes, that when you consider the time commitments on County Auditors in
general, it is truly an accomplishment for a County Auditor to have over 100 hours of credit.

Section 319.04 of the Ohio Revised Code requires County Auditors to
complete at least 24 hours of continuing education during their term of
office. Mr. Federer obtained his training in topics such as Valuing Real
Property, Financial Audits, Certified Public Records Training, and two
mandatory classes in ethics and substance abuse.

Fall 2013 Auditor Sale

Posted August 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized by John Federer

The lands, lots, and parts of lots, in the County of Clark forfeited to the State for the nonpayment of taxes together with the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest and costs charged to them, agreeably to law, and the dates on which the lands, lots, and parts of lots will be offered for sale are contained and described in the following list:

August Min Bid List

Spring Auditor Sale

Posted April 26th, 2013 in Uncategorized by John Federer

The lands, lots, and parts of lots, in the County of Clark forfeited to the State for the nonpayment of taxes together with the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest and costs charged to them, agreeably to law, and the dates on which the lands, lots, and parts of lots will be offered for sale are contained and described in the following list:

Auditor Sale List

Notice is hereby given to all concerned that the following forfeited tracts, lots, and parts of lots are offered for sale subject to all liens and encumbrances, except for liens for real estate taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest for which the lien was foreclosed and in satisfaction of which the property is to be sold.

Starting at 10:00 a.m. on May 14, 2013 on the Court House steps, the following parcels will be sold:

Note: If no bid is received for any of the tracts in an amount sufficient to pay the amount required by law, the sale shall continue from day to day thereafter, each day at 10:00 a.m. on the Court House steps, until May 17, 2013 or until the county auditor has disposed of or offered each tract of land specified in notice.

Notice is hereby given to all concerned, that if the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest and costs charged on the list are not paid into the county treasury, and the county treasurer’s receipt produced for the payment, before the respective dates mentioned in this notice for the sale, each tract, lot, and parts of lot, so forfeited, on which the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest, and costs remain unpaid, will be offered for sale on the respective dates mentioned in this notice, at the court house in the county, in order to satisfy such taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and costs and that the sale will continue for four days until  each tract, lot, and part of lot specified in the list has been disposed of, or offered for sale. 

If the tract, lot, or part of lot, so forfeited, is sold for an amount that is less than the amount of the delinquent taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest against it, the court in a separate order may enter a deficiency judgment against the last owner  of record of the tract, lot, or part of lot before its forfeiture to the state, for the amount of the difference, if that owner of record is a corporation, the court may enter the deficiency judgment against the stockholder holding a majority of the corporation’s stock. 

Now, therefore, public notice is hereby given that I, John S. Federer, Auditor of Clark County, Ohio, will sell such real property at public auction, for cash to the highest bidder for an amount not less than the court and publishing costs incurred on each parcel.  If any parcel does not receive a sufficient bid it shall be offered for sale under the same terms and conditions of the first sale and at the same time of day and the same place until May 17, 2013. 

April 30, 2013 and May 7, 2013                                

John S. Federer, Clark County Auditor

Auditor Announces Open Book Period

Posted September 14th, 2012 in Uncategorized by John Federer

To ensure the accuracy of their current records in preparation for Clark County’s 2013 state-mandated property re-evaluation, the Auditor’s office has spent the past 18 months carefully gathering and analyzing data collected both from field visits and from information provided by the taxpayers on their residential and commercial properties.  “It is imperative that we go into our 2013 reval with correct and accurate information,” said Auditor John S. Federer.

“We have said from day one that our primary goal is to ensure that property values are fair and accurate.  Through this data collection phase, we have noted some significant changes to our current data that will affect property valuations, partly due to new construction, demolitions of existing structures and other discrepancies found during our discovery process.  Of the approximately 66,000 total parcels, we have found approximately 2,500 parcels that required adjustment in valuation (both increases and decreases).”

Notification letters are scheduled to be mailed out from the Auditor’s Office on September 14 to all property owners whose valuations are being adjusted.  The “open book” period where property owners may review and discuss their property information will be held from Monday, September 17 – Friday, October 5, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 weekdays in the Auditor’s Office located in the A B Graham Building, 31 North Limestone Street, Springfield.

Those property owners having questions or wishing to schedule an appointment may call the Auditor’s Office at (937) 521-1878.

Next Phase of Reappraisal Project

Posted April 20th, 2012 in Auditor's Office, Uncategorized by John Federer

Auditor John S. Federer wishes to thank the citizens and taxpayers of Clark County for their overwhelming response to the residential data collection effort with respect to the 2013 Property Reappraisal.  “All residential property data collection has been completed and the information obtained is now being reviewed to ensure that the Auditor’s office has complete and accurate records,” Federer said.   “I want to thank the community for their participation and diligence in assisting us with this important process.  It is vital that the information be as accurate as possible.”

The second phase of the project involves gathering information concerning commercial properties.  A letter is being prepared requesting economic information on lease-type properties.  This information will be analyzed and used to develop market income data for the application of the income approach to value..  It is important to note that the letter will appear on County Auditor letterhead; however, all information will be sent to Tyler Technologies, Inc., a highly skilled and professional mass appraisal firm, under contract to assist the County Auditor in the state-mandated reappraisal.  “Please be assured that all information will be held in the strictest confidence.  We want to make the commercial property owners aware that these requests are being sent out, and we invite your participation in this process,” said Federer.

“To the best of our knowledge, this commercial mailing process is new to Clark County,” explained Federer.  “Our intention is to work hard to communicate to the constituents where we are in this process and why it is important.  I am looking forward to a quality outcome of our 2013 Reappraisal, and it is an honor for me to work for the citizens and taxpayers of Clark County.”  As always if there are any questions, please call the Auditor’s Office at (937) 521-1878.