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More than 800 homeowners in Cuyahoga County dispute reappraised property values

Posted at 7:30 AM, Aug 15, 2018

It's been a hot topic for weeks—residents in Cuyahoga County are livid about their property values skyrocketing after the latest reappraisal. More than 800 homeowners made their way to Cuyahoga Community College on Tuesday to make their case.

"They're saying well that doesn't mean that your property taxes are going to go up, but I would think anybody with any kind of common sense is going to figure that one out," said Fred Evans, a Parma homeowner.

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The reappraisal process happens every six years, but in 2012 homeowners say they didn't see a spike anywhere close to this, so many are asking the county to reconsider.

One by one, residents showed pictures inside their homes, pulled up prices of comparable properties and gave estimates for repair work, all hoping county workers will take their dispute to the board of revision.

"If my taxes go up this much, am I going to be able to afford my taxes and my mortgage, cause my taxes would be more than my mortgage," said Nancy, a homeowner in Berea who did not want to give her last name.

Nancy says her property value went up by $70,000, but she thinks she made her case to the county worker who helped her.

"I feel confident," she said. " I feel that my taxes probably still are going to go up the assessments, but I feel they're not going to go up the $70,000.

Nancy's next door neighbor Jan whose value went up by $75,000, doesn't share the same hope.

"He just said, you don't have to worry too much about it, you're only going to be paying about 28 dollars a month more, and I thought well that's quite a bit," said Jan.

Residents say they hope to get an answer from the board of revision by the fall.