Coshocton County Auditor

Christine R. Sycks, County Auditor

Author: lindsaymccullough

July 24, 2018 – Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

The Coshocton County Budget Commission will be meeting at the County Services Building, Room 145, 724 S. 7th Street on Monday, August 6, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the corporations, townships and fire districts to discuss 2019 budgets.  The meetings for all other entities will be held at the County Treasurer’s Office on August 7, 2018 beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Contact the Auditor’s Office at 622-1243 for details of the meetings scheduled.

Christine Sycks

Coshocton County Auditor

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Growing Systemic Inequity of Valuation of Real Property

 

June 7, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOGAN COUNTY AUDITOR RESIGNS IN PART DUE TO GROWING SYSTEMIC INEQUITY OF VALUATION OF REAL PROPERTY

Logan County Auditor Michael E. Yoder has announced his plan to resign from office effective June 30, 2018.  Mr. Yoder based his decision in part on the growing systemic inequity in the treatment of each real property taxpayer, making it increasingly difficult to perform his statutory duties as assessor.  A recent decision of the Ohio Supreme Court, in the case of Notestine Manor v. Logan County Board of Revision, (picture above) confirmed a reduction in the value on the Notestine Manor property, a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) project, to $75,000 for tax year 2013 from the Auditor’s value of $811,120, necessitating a refund of taxes which mounted into tens of thousands of dollars, most of which came from the Bellefontaine City School District.

One of the primary responsibilities of a county auditor is that of chief assessor.  In that role, the auditor is responsible for establishing a taxable value for every parcel of real property in the county; this value is used to determine the amount of taxes levied against the parcel.  It is therefore of the utmost importance that this value be “fair and equitable” for every parcel.  This is the guiding principle of assessors and tax administrators across the country.  Due to the interconnected nature of Ohio’s system of real property taxation, the increase or decrease of one parcel of real property impacts every other parcel.  Decreasing the valuation and subsequent tax owed on one parcel will increase the tax burden on all other parcels.

According to Mr. Yoder, “During my tenure as auditor, I have gone to great lengths to ensure that each taxpayer of Logan County was treated fairly and equitably.  This was my pledge.  Unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain this fair and equitable treatment given recent developments in the Ohio courts.  Of particular concern is that Notestine Manor case arising here in Logan County.”  In July 2012, Notestine Manor purchased a vacant piece of land for $145,000.00.  The building was then constructed at a cost of approximately $1.5 million dollars which included a federal capital advance of $1.3 million.

The low value is due to the property being part of the HUD Section 202 program which provides rent subsidized by the Federal Government.  There are many subsidized low-income housing properties throughout the State of Ohio, most of them valued considerably lower than fair market value.  Notestine Manor was built with federal tax dollars that never need to be repaid by the owners. They now have an extremely low valuation which significantly reduces their local property taxes. These taxes help pay for schools, police, fire, emergency medical services and paved streets, to name a few.

Mr. Yoder remarked, “Since becoming Logan County Auditor in 1995, I have become disheartened with the direction the courts have taken on uniform and equitable real property valuations and the inability of the Ohio General Assembly to make necessary statutory changes.  I can no longer carry out my statutory responsibilities as Logan County Auditor.”

Coshocton County Auditor Chris Sycks says that this phenomenon is also occurring in this county.  The most recent case was the Woda Olde Hickory development in the Canal Lewisville area, and included 34 of the parcels.  The county’s appraisal firm had the market values set on the office building at $75,010 and the different homes ranging from $78 to $105 thousand each, depending on the size and characteristics of the homes.  The owners appealed the local Board of Revision’s decision of no change to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA).  The BTA ordered the office building to be valued at $36,600 and all the homes at $39,800, regardless of individual size or characteristics.  This caused the auditor’s total value of $3.156 million for the 34 parcels to be reduced to only $1.35 million, or 42.7% of the value, based on the same arguments as in Logan County’s Notestine Manor case.  The result was a refund of $70,139 back to Woda Olde Hickory for the 2 ½ years the case has been ongoing.  This amount will be withheld from the next tax settlement, mostly affecting River View Schools, but also affecting various taxing authorities, including a township, JVS, fire district, and county agencies.

Another case was the West Lafayette Townhomes apartments on Plainfield Road, which was ordered reduced to 47.3% of the auditor’s value in 2017 – from $1.375 million to $650 thousand.  This generated a refund of $12,354, most of which came from Ridgewood Schools, but  affected several other taxing authorities as well.  It also put the value at approximately $16 per square foot, or only about $1 per square foot more than the value of most barns in the county.

It is the hope of both Yoder and Sycks that the citizens of Ohio will contact their State Representative and Senator so fairness can be returned to the valuation process.

 

May 15, 2018 – Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

            The Coshocton County Board of Revision will be meeting in the County Treasurer’s Office, 349 Main Street on May 22, 2018, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., on May 23, 2018, beginning at 1 p.m. and on June 1, 2018, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Contact the Auditor’s Office at 622-1243 for details of the meetings scheduled.

                                                                               Christine Sycks

                                                                              Coshocton County Auditor

May 4 & 11, 2018 – Notice of Auditor’s Sale of Forfeited Lands

Notice of Auditor’s Sale of Forfeited Lands

The following manufactured homes and parcels of real estate will be offered in an Auditor’s Sale on May 18, 2018 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Coshocton County Courthouse:

Parcel Number             Street Address            Township                    Legal Description                                Taxes & Costs

008-00026                   32780 SR 93                Crawford                     ’74 Skyline MH                                    $6,560.69

008-00047                   32780 SR 93                Crawford                     ’72 Horizon MH                                   $2,523.28

032-00027                   14594 TR 424              Pike                             ’99 Fleetwood MH                               $7,695.30

043-00000701-00         820 S Lawn Ave           Coshocton Corp            In-Lot 1383 N ½ 25×188.5                    $3,431.79

043-00004363-00         935 S 6th St                   Coshocton Corp            Out-Lot 176 PT 50×60                          $3,049.36

043-00000265-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp            In-Lot 1508 79×120                              $1,389.41

043-00000267-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp            In-Lot 1509 50×100                              $999.55

043-00000269-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1510 50×120                              $1,199.09

043-00000270-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1511 50×120                              $1,199.09

043-00000271-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1513 50×120                              $1,199.09

043-00000272-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1514 50×120                              $1,199.08        

043-00000273-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1512 50×120                              $1,199.08

043-00000275-00         1300 Walnut St             Coshocton Corp             Out-Lot 143 PT 2.7713ac                      $12,241.31

043-00000276-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             Out-Lot 143 PT .408ac 45×395             $1,946.01

043-00001507-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1505 50×120                              $1,199.08

043-00001509-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1506 50×120                              $1,199.08

043-00001511-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1507 18×120                              $1,026.83

043-00001514-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1503 50×120                              $1,219.69

043-00001516-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             In-Lot 1504 50×120                              $1,199.08

043-00006197-00         N 14th St                       Coshocton Corp             PT 13 E of RR 23×177                          $877.75

If the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest, and costs charged against the lands forfeited to the state for nonpayment of taxes are not paid into the county treasury, and the county treasurer’s receipt produced for the payment before 9:30 a.m. on May 18, 2018, each forfeited tract on which the taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest, and costs remain unpaid by said date will be offered for sale beginning at 10:30 a.m. on May 18, 2018 at the Coshocton County Courthouse, in order to satisfy the unpaid taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest, and costs, and that the sale will continue from day to day until each of the tracts is sold or offered for sale.  If the forfeited land is sold for an amount that is less than the amount of the delinquent taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, and interest against it, and, if division (B)(2) of Section 5721.17 of the Revised Code is applicable, any notes issued by a receiver pursuant of Revised Code Section 3767.41 (F) and any receiver’s lien as defined in Revised Code  Section 5721.18 (C)(4), the court, in a separate order, may enter a deficiency judgment against the last owner of record of the land before its forfeiture to the state, for the amount of the difference; and that, if that owner of record is a corporation, the court may enter the deficiency judgment against the stockholder holding a majority of that corporation’s stock.

                                                                       

Christine R. Sycks, Coshocton County Auditor

(Publish May 4, 2018 & May 11, 2018)

 

September 30, 2016 – Transfer of Ownership of Real Property

Date : September 30, 2016
From : Coshocton County Auditor
Re : Transfer of Ownership of Real Property

The Auditor’s office, in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 319.28, will cut off data entry as of October 26, 2016 for the 2017 tax year so that the October 31 statutory abstract date can be met. Due to this, the ownership for the current year will be changed as per legal instrument only if presented in our office ready to transfer by October 26, 2016 at 4 p.m. Any changes to the auditor’s real estate data for legal instruments presented after this date will be made for tax year 2017, payable in 2018.

The tax bills will be affected in a like manner. Real estate tax bills will be sent to new owners if the Auditor’s transfer was done by October 26. For any document presented for transfer later than this date, the owner’s name on the tax bill will remain in the prior owners’ names as certified on the tax list and duplicates. The Treasurer’s office will change only the mailing name and address for the current tax year if parcel is transferred in its entirety.

***Split parcels will be billed to the prior owner with the original acreage reflected and taxed.***   Please prorate taxes accordingly.

Sincerely yours,

Christine Sycks
Coshocton County Auditor

September 1, 2016 – County Auditors Launch Statewide Skimmer Sweep

  • For Release 9 a.m. EDT, September 1, 2016 Media Release

    County Auditors Launch Statewide Skimmer Sweep

    September 1, 2016: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Inspectors to check 12,000 gas pumps for skimming devices over Labor Day weekend

Coshocton County Auditor Christine Sycks joined 60 other county auditors from across the state today to launch a “Skimmer Sweep” over the Labor Day Weekend to protect holiday travelers from illegal credit card skimmers.

More than 80 weights and measures inspectors, including Coshocton’s inspector, Jarrod Tipton, are expected to visit more than 1,500 gas stations at targeted locations state-wide, checking more than 12,000 Ohio gas pumps for the devices.

“With numerous recent reports of skimmers being found in our state, we are participating in this sweep to protect unsuspecting travelers from identity theft,” said Sycks. “I am pleased to partner with other auditors across the state to take steps to combat this crime. Jarrod will be able to inspect every single pump in the county during this sweep.”

At least 30 skimming devices have been found in Ohio gas pumps since last October. Most have been found in southwest Ohio and along the I-75 corridor, although the devices have been found in 12 counties across the state.

According to Sycks, the frequent discovery of these devices indicates that the threat of this crime will continue, so consumers should always be alert when refueling. Anything that seems out of place or indicates that a pump has been tampered with should be reported.

“Paying for gas with cash is always the safest option,” said Sycks, “and never input your debit card pin number into a device.”

Customers paying with plastic should use credit cards rather than debit cards. Those who use their debit cards at the pump risk their PIN numbers being stolen. In addition, monthly bank and credit card statements should always be reviewed for any fraudulent charges.

Credit card skimmers can be used to steal credit card and debit card numbers as well as PIN numbers for the purpose of identity theft. These devices often are equipped with Bluetooth technology, which allow identity thieves to access private information from a distance up to 100 yards away.

March 8, 2016 – Skimmer Summit

If you are an owner/operator of a gas station, involved in the banking industry, local government or law enforcement, or just interested in protecting your own credit, you are invited to this informational summit concerning the growing concern over ‘skimmers’ stealing consumer information from gas pumps, ATMs, or other electronic devices.
There is no cost, but registration is required.

Invitation

Registration Form

February 12, 2016 – More Mailings Offering Public Records for Sale Reported

• For Release 12 p.m. EDT, July 6, 2016 Media Release

More Mailings Offering Public Records for Sale Reported

February 12, 2016: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Once again, County Auditor Christine Sycks is cautioning property owners to check with local offices before paying for copies of deeds, property cards, and other public records.

Record Transfer Services of Westlake Village, California, has mailed letters to area residents saying they are recommending property owners obtain a copy of their ‘Grant Deed’ and complete ‘Property Assessment Profile’. “The mailer is a little misleading, because it appears to be a bill with a due date, even though they specifically state “this is not a bill” in smaller print.”, said Sycks. “These mailings seem to appear a few times each year, from various addresses and business names. The last couple were from Columbus in November and from Wilmington, Delaware in June.”

For a charge of around $80 or $90, the mailings offer to provide copies of the deed and property record information that can be acquired at little or no charge from the County Recorder’s and Auditor’s Offices. “The only thing listed in the mailing that is not normally included in the deed or property record card are “area comparable values” of the property,” Sycks said. “Most people don’t need that unless they are planning on appealing their taxable value or selling their home. However, owners can do the research on their own from sales records on file in my office for no charge, if needed. Taxpayers can also either contact a Realtor who is active in their area for an independent opinion or appraisal of their value.”

The records described are public and in the possession of the County Recorder’s and Auditor’s Offices. A copy of the deed, which is the document that identifies one as a property owner, can be purchased at the Recorder’s Office for between $.25 and $1.00 per page, depending on the age of the deed. Most deeds are no more than three or four pages long. Property record cards can be acquired at the County Auditor’s Office for $.10 a page (or for free if they are your own parcel). One can also view and print current records or review recent sales of comparable properties on the auditor’s website at www.coshcoauditor.org.”

The County Auditor’s Office can be reached at 622-1243 and the County Recorder’s number is 622-2817.

Contact: Christine Sycks, County Auditor
349 Main Street
Coshocton, OH 43812
Phone: 740-622-1243
e-mail: chrissycks@coshoctoncounty.net