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County Sets Course on 2012 Property Reappraisal

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Media contact:
Nicole Dailey Jones, (216) 263-4602; ndjones@cuyahogacounty.us
John Kohlstrand, (216) 698-2099; jkohlstrand@cuyahogacounty.us 

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has set a course for the reappraisal of all county real estate for tax purposes next year. Rather than outsource nearly all of the work to an outside firm, Cuyahoga County will instead manage the process in house while contracting with individual professional appraisers for field work associated with the task. 

Managing the reappraisal of all property in house was the approach recommended by the Transition Advisory Group, a panel of business leaders and others that studied the 2012 reappraisal along with many other issues associated with reforming county government. The panel thought the in-house approach would be less expensive. 

“The experts have assured us this approach will be economical while still ensuring equity and fairness for taxpayers.” FitzGerald said. 

In order to ensure that property tax bills accurately reflect value, all Ohio counties are required to conduct a full reappraisal of the value of each parcel of real estate every six years. Cuyahoga County is scheduled to conduct its next full reappraisal for the 2012 tax year. As part of that process, an appraiser will view each parcel in the field before a value is set for bills issued in late 2012 and payable in 2013. 

For help with this field work, county government recently issued a request for qualifications (“RFQ”) from individuals interested in working on a contract basis. The county is seeking experienced residential appraisers who have at least five years of experience in appraisal work and appropriate training. Even more experience is expected for appraisal of commercial property, industrial property and manufactured homes. 

More information, including a complete RFQ packet, is available from the Cuyahoga County accounting department, located in Room 121 of the County Administration Building, 1219 Ontario St. An informational pre-submission conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2 on the 3rd Floor of the Sterling Building, 1255 Euclid Ave. 

For individuals to be considered, information must be received by the county by 11 a.m. on March 11, 2011. For more information, call (216) 443-6905.