Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo will host three town hall meetings in the next couple of weeks to talk about the 2011 reappraisal and its impact on taxpayers.

Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo will host three town hall meetings in the next couple of weeks to talk about the 2011 reappraisal and its impact on taxpayers.

The meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, in the Westerville Public Library; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in the Upper Arlington Library; and 6:30 p.m. July 6 in the Columbus Metropolitan Library. At the meetings, Mingo will talk about the reappraisal process for 15-20 minutes.

"The town hall meeting will do two things: One, it will be telling homeowners what the reappraisal means for them; and two, we'll be telling them how to they'll be able to engage us after their value is received," Mingo said.

Afterwards, there will be a question-and-answer session.

"The most common question is two-fold," he said. "'How will my tax bill be affected,' and 'What information do I need to bring if I'm concerned about the value?'"

"The answer to the first question is, if the value of your home decreases, the average homeowner could likely expect a marginal decrease in their tax bill. It's not a dollar-for-dollar decrease," Mingo said, "but there will be some measure of decrease.

"The answer to the second question is to attend one of our informal reviews in the fall. We'll be scheduling appointments with homeowners to come in and discuss values. If you plan to attend an informal review, we always ask a homeowner to bring either a recent appraisal, or any sales information they might have about their subdivision."

In August, all property owners in the county will receive letters from Mingo informing them of the new value of their home or business. According to the auditor's office, there are about 438,000 parcels of property in Franklin County, with a total value of about $100 billion in 2010.

"We do two types of reappraisals," Mingo said. "Every three years, we do a brief survey of values, and we adjust them as necessary. Every six years, and this is the reappraisal we're undertaking now, we do a comprehensive review of values and we literally appraise every single property in the county."

Spokesman Dave O'Neil said a staff of about 20 takes two years to do the reappraisals, which are required under Ohio law. The last reappraisal was for 2005. Taxes based on the new values will be payable in 2012.

Mingo said property owners are welcome to challenge the value of their property starting in the fall.

"Values have changed a lot in the last six years," Mingo said. "There's a greater interest in challenging."

Mingo said he thinks property values "will trend downward," which means less revenue for local government and school districts.

For more information, visit www.franklincountyauditor.com or call 614-525-HOME (4663).