Monroe County Auditor's Office
Pandora J. Neuhart Auditor
101 North Main St., Room 22
Woodsfield, OH 43793
Phone: (740) 472-0873
Fax: (740) 472-2523
Important Information for Property Owners
If you own property in Monroe County, then you need to know the following information:
What Buildings Are Taxable?
All buildings on your property are taxable, even if they are built on skids. The only things that are not taxable are play structures for children and outhouses. Buildings continue to carry value and be taxed as long as they are usable. Dilapidated, unusable buildings do not carry value for taxing purposes.
You must report any new construction on any property in Monroe County within sixty (60) days of the start of construction. This includes all buildings (other than play structures for children), carports, porches, etc. You do not need to report replacement of roofs, windows, or siding unless the replacement is part of remodeling of part or all of the structure. Failure to report new construction can result in taxes being assessed for up to five (5) years in arrears and a penalty of up to 50% being charged. This is State law. Remember that reporting your construction helps to insure that your buildings are appraised accurately.
Damaged or Destroyed Property
You must report damage or destruction of any buildings on your property by the end of the calendar year in which the damage occurs. If the damage occurs from October to December of a year, then you have until January 31st of the following year to report the damage. This is to ensure that your property record is accurate and that your tax bill will reflect the loss in value for the damaged or destroyed buildings. Damage not reported by the deadline will be reflected in the values for the following year.
In the State of Ohio, property is reappraised every six (6) years. This means that your property will be physically inspected by an appraiser, any updates made, and a new value established for the effective reappraisal year. During reappraisal, individual property values may increase, decrease, or stay even. The Department of Taxation updates property values every three (3) years. An update is based upon a comparison of appraised values to actual sale prices, and may cause values to increase or decrease by a flat percentage across the board. In an update, there is no physical inspection of property.
If you own and occupy your home as your principal residence, you may qualify for the owner-occupancy tax reduction. To qualify, you must have been living in the home on January 1st of the year you are applying for. You may file an application any time after the First Monday in January. You may only receive the reduction at your principal place of residence, and cannot already be receiving it in any other county or state.
If you are at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled, and you own and occupy your home as your principal residence, you may also qualify for the Homestead tax reduction. To qualify, you must have been living in the home on January 1st of the year for are applying for and turn 65 at any time during that year. You may file an application for Homestead after the First Monday in January. You may only receive the Homestead reduction at your principal place of residence, and cannot already be receiving it in any other county or state.