2017 Countywide Reappraisal

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How often does the auditor reappraise?

Under Ohio law, County Auditors are required to do a full, general countywide reappraisal once every six years. This process is called the Sexennial Reappraisal. The auditor or his qualified appraisers are required to view and appraise every property in the county for this purpose. The process takes between two and three years to complete.  Please note that the Sexennial Reappraisal includes “drive bys” of all properties.      

Every third year after a Sexennial Reappraisal, Ohio County Auditors are required to perform a statistical analysis of the sales which have occurred in the prior three years to determine if a percentage adjustment needs to be made to the values of all properties in each given neighborhood grouped for appraisal purposes. These adjustments are also stratified according to value to assure that the equitability of the valuations is maintained or corrected based on the analysis of like comparable sales. This process is called the Triennial Update.

In addition to the required reappraisal and triennial update, under Ohio law, County Auditors’ must annually review properties which have been found to have changed.  Most often the change is due to new construction, renovations, adding a deck or porch, a change in the physical size or shape of the land, demolition or damage to a property’s structure or discovery of a missed improvement (structure). 


Q.  Should I bring any items or documents if I need to meet with an appraiser or real estate specialist?

Providing documentation to support any requested change in valuation is not mandatory, however, it is extremely helpful and can result in expediting your case.  Examples include closing statements, listings of comparable sales, an appraisal, and any other document or research that you put together that supports your opinion of value.


Q.  How can I submit information to appraisal staff to review and support my opinion of value?   

Documents can be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Q.  When will we find out the results of our one-on-one meeting with an appraiser or a case logged in via the “hotline?”

We will contact those via US Postal Service by mid-November.  Upon receiving approval from the Ohio Department of Taxation, final certified values will also appear on our website in late December.     


Q.  What if I still disagree with the findings or was unable to call the “hotline” or attend one of the neighborhood meetings during the “informal review” window?

If you disagree with the final certified value or you missed the opportunity to call our “hotline” or attend one of our neighborhood meetings during the “informal review window,” you have the right to file a Complaint Against Valuation with the Delaware County Board of Revision between January 1st 2018 and April 2nd 2018.   Filings with a postmark of April 2nd 2018 will be accepted.             


Q.  What are my property taxes going to be?

We cannot, at this time, accurately calculate property taxes because several levies will be on the ballot in November and voted levies are subject to a reduction factor when property values increase.  Information pertaining to property taxes will not be available until the election results have been certified by the Board of Elections and tax rates have been certified by the State of Ohio.  We expect this information to be available in December.  Please visit our website late December for new tax amounts.  Likewise, if you want to know what levies are going to be on the ballot, please contact or visit the website for Delaware County Board of Elections.       

Also, Delaware County tax rates are dependent on certified values not only from Delaware County, but also certified values of surrounding counties which have overlapping taxing jurisdictions.  This is why the Ohio Department of Taxation calculates reduction factors and tax rates rather than County Auditors.


Q.  When is the new property value effective?

New property values are established as of January 1, 2017, which is the tax lien date according to Ohio law.  In Ohio we pay taxes one year in arrears.  Therefore, tax bills payable in calendar year 2018 will be based on new property valuations.  Unless there is new construction, damaged property, or changes made by the Delaware County Board of Revision, new values will be carried forward until the next state mandated countywide triennial update, calendar year 2020.  We will continue to review sales data and market conditions going forward.


Q.  What if I’ve added improvements to my land/lot or did recent renovations? 

The tentative value notice does not include any new construction or improvements (additions, decks, porches, patios, etc. that was completed after January 1st 2016.  A separate mailer will be sent regarding new construction.    


Q. My neighbor and I have similar homes; however, one has a greater value. Why?

Assuming the properties are in the same taxing district, the same neighborhood and the land and buildings are identical, the difference in value is generally due to variance in amenities and finishes or upgrades. The amenities could be different with the same model home (i.e. decks, recreation rooms, exterior features and other improvements).


Q.  Are the new Current Agricultural Use Values (CAUV) available at this time?

No.  The Ohio Department of Taxation has not released new CAUV soil rates for tax year 2017.  Our office will notify program participants later this year regarding new CAUV values.   The tentative values being released at this time are full market, appraised values. 

Please know that recently passed legislation making the CAUV formula more accurate goes into effect with the 2017 tax year and countywide revaluation.  We anticipate reductions in CAUV value.       


For more information on your home’s value or the valuation process, please contact our “property hotline” at 740-833-2930 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  August 21st through September 1st, 2017.

August 21, 2017
Delaware County
Board of Elections
2079 US 23 N
Delaware, OH 43015
11:00 am – 7:30 pm
August 22, 2017
Sunbury Town Hall
51 E Cherry St
Sunbury, OH 43074
11:00 am – 7:30 pm
August 23, 2017
Genoa Township Hall
5111 S. Old 3c Highway
Westerville, OH 43082
11:00 am –7:30 pm
August 24, 2017
Concord Township Hall
6385 Home Rd
Delaware, OH 43015

11:00 am – 7:30 pm

August 28, 2017
Delaware County
Board of Elections
2079 US 23 N
Delaware, OH 43015
11:00 am – 7:30 pm
August 29, 2017
Powell City Hall
47 Hall St
Powell, OH 43065
11:00 am – 7:30 pm
  August 31, 2017
Orange Township Hall
1680 E Orange Rd
Lewis Center, OH 43035
11:00 am – 7:30 pm
The dates and times listed above are chances for you to discuss your property value with a representative of our appraisal staff on an individual basis


 Documentation to support any requested change is helpful. Examples include closing statements, listings of comparable sales, an appraisal, etc

Please visit our website at www.co.delaware.oh.us/auditor or call our property hotline for questions regarding the 2017 countywide reappraisal process


August 21 – September 1, 2017

Property Hotline 740-833-2930

Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Commercial and Industrial Properties

Please call the hotline to schedule an appointment


Dear Delaware County Resident,

As your County Auditor and County Treasurer, we are making it our priority to provide as much information to the citizens of Delaware County by notifying you of various financial and/or taxation assistance programs that are available. The Division of the Unclaimed Funds is one such program.

The Division of Unclaimed Funds is part of the Ohio Department of Commerce and was created to protect Ohio citizens who have inactive accounts with financial institutions and other entities. The Division is responsible for the safekeeping and return of monies designated as "unclaimed". Each year, due to death, inadvertence or forgetfulness, more than 200,000 people and organizations lose track of monies, rights to monies, and intangible property in Ohio. Enacted in 1968 to protect people who lost track of their money, the unclaimed funds laws allow the division to ensure that holders report unclaimed funds.
Please take the time to quickly review the web site listed below and determine if you are in fact entitled to receive any unclaimed funds.

State of Ohio Unclaimed Funds Website

Also, you can search to see if you have any unclaimed funds with the County of Delaware by visiting the following links.

Delaware County Unclaimed Funds Website

Delaware County Probate Court Unclaimed Inheritance Website


If you have any further questions please feel free to contact:

The Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Unclaimed Funds
77 South High Street, 20th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6108


George Kaitsa
Delaware County Auditor
Jon Peterson
Delaware County Treasurer