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The Stark County Auditor

Appraisal

 

“Fair, Accurate and Uniform”

The Appraisal Department’s goal is to equally tax residents by utilizing a process defined as mass appraisal. 

  • Mass Appraisal is defined as the process of valuing a universe of properties as of a given date using standard methodology, employing common data, and allowing for statistical testing.

The Stark County Auditor’s office routinely collects data that is verified from multiple sources.  You may have seen a door hanger or been sent a letter requesting certain important information that may assist the Appraisal Department in recording accurate information from the taxpayers. The department collects data from many avenues to ensure that a fair market value for your property will be assessed.  Avenues such as;

  • Field Verification
  • Pictometry or Aerial photography
  • Owner submitted sale/value information i.e. fee appraisal, settlement statement or purchase agreement
  • Local auction results
  • MLS (Multiple Listing Service) data verification

Generally, our State Licensed/Certified Appraisal staff does not have the ability to enter the home.  Fee appraisers (bank or single property); on the other hand usually have total access.  Our staff appraisers vary in many ways than fee appraisers which are illustrated below: 

Mass Appraisal

"Bank" or Single Property Appraisal

195,000 properties

1 property

Analyze 3 years of Sales

Use sales no older than 3‐6 months

Inspection ‐ Most Exterior only

Inspection ‐ Interior and Exterior usually required

2 1/2 years to complete

2 ‐ 3 days turnaround

Equalization with other properties

No equalization

Testing of results required

No testing necessary

About $15 to $25 per property

$250 to $1,000 for residential property; more for commercial property

 

The appraisal department must tax the property according to the fair market value.  Ohio law requires that a property’s value be established for tax purposes using a uniform approach that produces a fair estimate of what the property would sell for on the open market (http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/5713).  Stark County property reappraisal values were certified in December 2012.

For questions regarding the mass appraisal process call (330) 451-7085 to speak to a staff employee.