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Cuyahoga homeowners want home reappraisal appeal deadline extended

Posted at 10:29 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 16:27:15-04

Some Cuyahoga County homeowners are demanding that the deadline to file an informal appeal on their property value reappraisal be extended into September.

Currently, the last day to submit an informal appeal to Cuyahoga County is Aug. 31.

Paula Young, who owns a home in Berea, said the deadline needs to be moved back because some homeowners have still not received their time-sensitive reappraisals in the mail.

Young said her reappraisal was delayed for nearly two weeks because the county sent it to her bank in Troy, Mich.

"I think they should extend it at least another month," Young said. "I called the county looking for my reappraisal, and I got put through three different voicemails, talked to two different women, they told me they were going to mail it to me."

Young suggested that the reappraisals be sent out as certified mail to make sure people are receiving them.

Meanwhile, homeowners with the Lincoln Heights Block Club continue to collect signatures, asking the county to move back the appeal deadline to the end of September.

Cuyahoga County leaders told News 5 that homeowners who are experiencing delays in getting their reappraisals in the mail should contact the county fiscal officer at 216-443-4663.

County officials said so far there are no plans to move back the deadline to file an appeal.

County leaders pointed to two remaining meetings where homeowners can fight their reappraisals.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Cuyahoga Community College, at 2500 East 22nd Street in Cleveland, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 23 at Don Umerley Civic Center, at 21016 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

County leaders said homeowners can also file an appeal at county headquarters during normal business hours through Aug. 31.

The formal appeal process begins on Jan. 1.

Still, homeowners like Kevin Kucherak, who is still waiting for a reappraisal, believe a deadline extension and additional meetings are desperately needed.

"I'm just waiting on the mail. I haven't seen anything, I haven't heard anything, nothing," Kucherak said. "August 31 is the deadline, I haven't even gotten it, and I have ten days."