Property values in much of the Northland area went down during the recently completed three-year update by the Franklin County Auditor's Office, Emmanuel V. Remy said last week.
Speaking at the annual picnic gathering of the Northland Community Council, Remy, a Realtor himself, asked those in attendance at the Northland Swim Club gathering how many had seen the worth of their homes diminish in the mailing from Auditor Clarence E. Mingo II. A majority put up their hands.
"I wouldn't be too alarmed about that," Remy assured them.
Market values are far more significant when it comes to what homeowners can expect to get when it comes time to sell their properties, he said.
For now, Remy advised, Northland residents should enjoy their lowered property tax bills, especially compared with people living in places such as Upper Arlington and other areas that saw values go up by as much as 10 percent.
Overall, county property values were expected to increase by 1 percent from the last triennial reappraisal in 2011.
However, the overall increase in value does not begin to make up for the loss of about $3.7 billion, or 6.7 percent, in residential property values in 2011, when countywide property values were adjusted for the first time since 2005.
Last week's annual NCC picnic, moved to the second Tuesday of the month to accommodate National Night Out events in various parts of the neighborhood, was the third in a row to take place at the swim club, and for the third straight time, unusually cool weather meant few guests were inclined to get in the pool.
"It's becoming an annual tradition," Remy said.
William Logan, president of the Karmel-Woodward Park Civic Association where the Northland Swim Club is located, called it the "NCC factor," while urging those attending to consider becoming members of the facility.
"This is the heart of our area," he said.
Northland Alliance Chairwoman Joyce Bourgault provided a brief update on two initiatives the organization is working on, including a collaborative effort among nonprofit organizations to come together in a central location within the neighborhood. Another effort is the implementation of some aspects of a design study done for the Morse Road corridor by a team of graduate and undergraduate students at Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture.
"It was an excellent study, very well done," Bourgault said.
Some of the concepts the students put forth, such as a circular pedestrian walkway over the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Morse Road, were "way outside the box," she admitted, but all were "really creative ideas."
Bourgault said the Alliance would be looking for help in bringing some of the proposals to fruition.
Some of the students involved in that project will be guest speakers at the next Northland Area Business Association luncheon set at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Monaco's Palace and Catering, 4555 Cleveland Ave.
NABA President Dave Cooper said the next community cleanup along East Dublin-Granville Road is set for Saturday, Sept. 13.
He said NABA's major annual fundraiser, a golf outing at York Golf Club, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18. The YMCA North is once again the event's community partner and will receive 10 percent of the proceeds, Cooper said.
Josh Jarman of The Columbus Dispatch contributed to this story.