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Mahoning County auditor explains property tax changes

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MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio -

The deadline to pay property taxes is right around the corner, and some Mahoning County property owners are finding they are paying more compared to just a few years ago.  

Ohio law requires real estate revaluations every six years, and the county auditor says different factors can change that property assessment. 

"If you have new construction, if you have additions; some people put in swimming pools, any number of things can affect your assessed value," said Mahoning County Auditor Ralph Meacham. 

Following the last revaluation, residential property countywide increased by 1.9 percent.  Agricultural increased by 9.1 percent. Industrial was up 3.4 percent, and commercial property increased .27 percent.  Meacham says it's based on market value.

"Some places people bought five years ago and the assessed value didn't increase to the market price so now they're seeing an increase," Meacham explained. 

The auditor said in many cases, people forget that new levies were approved since the last bill. School, police and road levies to name a few. 

"Twenty different taxing districts in the county had increases because the voters voted in new levies, so that's where a lot of the changes come from," Meacham said.

Information on property taxes is available from the auditor's office, and the treasurer's office is also available to assist with any questions.

"We'd be happy to explain where it appears the increase may be coming from if there's an increase or any other questions they may have about the bill," said treasurer Dan Yemma.

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