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Contesting Your Property's Value
If you do not agree with the valuation of your property as determined by the County, you have the right to file a challenge with the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision. The County Executive and County Council appoint members to the Board of Revision. There are several panels to hear complaints.
be filed between January 1 and April 1, 2013
. You can obtain the necessary form and instructions by calling the Board of Revision at 216-443-7195
or by clicking here
. Before filing you should carefully review the Board of Revision's Rules of Practice and Filing Guidelines. The staff of the Board of Revision is available by phone or in person to help explain the process to homeowners.
The purpose of a challenge is to show that the valuation of your property, as set by the County Fiscal Officer, is incorrect. To do so you must present evidence of the property's fair market value. The best evidence is usually the recent sale price of your property (proven by relevant documents such as your closing papers). If your house has not been sold recently, you should be prepared to demonstrate the recent sale price of comparable homes. Evidence of the condition of the property, including photographs, may also be useful.
Please keep in mind that Board of Revision hearings focus on property values, NOT taxes. Separate from your property's value review, some property owners may see real property tax bill increase due to recent levies passed by voters in their school district, cities, villages, or townships. AGAIN, PROPERTY VALUES, NOT TAXES, ARE REVIEWABLE BY THE BOARD OF REVISION!