County gains $1.2M in tax assessments

jperryman@timesobserver.com

Assessment rolls for Warren County in 2013 saw an increase of approximately $1.2 million.

Total assessed value for all properties in the county grew from $485,597,163 in 2012 to $486,815,540 this year, an increase of $1,218,377.

Meanwhile, a number of properties tied up in the appeals process settled this year including; the Warren Mall, Sheffield Country Manor, Buchanan Court, House of Worship, Malvina Street Apartments and Presidential Place.

“All of those settled in the last year,” Warren County Chief Assessor Karen Beardsley said.

As for other properties with a high assessed value currently in the appeals process, Beardsley pointed to the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn as having little movement and cited ongoing litigation with a number of local non-profits.

“There’s just been no movement on them whatsoever,” she said of the two hotels. “It’s been pretty quiet except for our non-profits.”

Beardsley said there’s been no revaluation of properties belonging to the county’s two largest property tax bill payers, United Refining and Northwest Savings Bank, but noted that could change with the completion of Northwest’s new building in downtown Warren.

“Northwest will probably be the new number one,” she said. “That would be my guess.”

United properties, which include Kwik-Fill and Red Apple sites, are assessed as $4,292,340 while Northwest’s properties are assessed at $3,928,106.

Combined, the two companies provide more than one percent of property tax revenue in the county paying a total of $8,220,446.

While the rolls themselves haven’t seen much change, Beardsley said the assessment office is busy preparing for the introduction of new assessment software that will be available to the public online.

“We’re going to be unveiling our new assessment software shortly,” she noted. “Then the public can access it online… We’re opening access up to everybody.”

She said the unveiling is awaiting the end of tax season, when things tend to slow down at the assessment office.

Assessments property owner feel are too high can be appealed through the board of assessment appeals and, if needed, the courts.

The deadline for appeal in 2013 is Sept. 3. Two days later than the normal Sept. 1 deadline due to the Labor Day holiday.