White vans mark beginning of property reappraisal work

Over the next several weeks, residents in Greene County may see white vans parked on their streets with people inside taking photos of homes.

The photographers are employees of Tyler Technologies, Inc., which was awarded the $1.5 million contract for property reappraisals through the county auditor’s office. The white vans are expected to be traveling throughout the county for the next eight to 12 weeks.

STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook

The six-year cycle for property reappraisals in Greene County is not due until 2020, but the process of collecting images, data and other information begins early to cover the county’s approximately 75,000 parcels, said Auditor David Graham.

Graham said usually the driver or passenger of the van can take a photo of your home without exiting the vehicle or approaching your property. The photo’s metadata includes the location where it was taken and that can be linked to parcel numbers on record with the county.

“Instead of boots on the ground at the beginning of this project, we’re sending out vans to take pictures,” Graham said. “The condition assessment of a property is based on that photograph.”

In addition, aerial photography and a measuring tool available on the auditor’s website, enables appraisers to measure the dimensions of “a new deck for instance,” Graham said.

The auditor’s website was recently revamped with a mapping system that lets users gather more information about real estate across the county in a more interactive way.

RELATED: Upswing in Greene County property values reflects local trend

In some cases, where tall bushes or trees obscure the view of the whole property, an appraiser may need to contact property owners either by mail or knocking on the door, Graham said.

“With all of the data that we have, we are able to get a better understanding of the conditions of properties than we ever have without sending people out,” Graham said. “Back in the day, the reappraisal process involved sending appraisers into the field, assess conditions, maybe remeasure property lines, and talk to as many people as possible to determine if the property owner has made any changes. Personnel costs are so high now, that is a very expensive way to do it.”

A Tyler Technologies spokesperson said the company’s “mass appraisal business,” CLT Appraisal Services, is “the country’s oldest and only national” one and has been providing services in Greene County since the company began in the 1930s.

RELATED: Tyler completes Moraine remodeling, plans to add about 80 new jobs

“The county was also one of CLT’s first software installations back in 1976, and they remain a software client (iasWorld) even today. Over its 80 year history, CLT has worked with nearly 40 percent of the counties in Ohio,” the spokesperson said in a prepared statement.

This reappraisal cycle will include three years worth of new residential and commercial construction, much of which is occuring in the city and township of Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Sugarcreek Twp. and Xenia.

The three-year appraisal update occurred last year, and residential properties across the county increased by 5 percent from the reappraisals in 2014. The biggest increases in values, from 9 to 11 percent, occurred in Beavercreek Twp., Cedarville, Yellow Springs and Bellbrook.

Final assessments in this cycle are expected to be finished by late summer, early fall of 2020. Property owners will have an opportunity at that time to ask questions and challenge the valuations, which are used to determine how much property taxes are assessed.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in News

Michael Kors to buy Versace for $2.2 billion
Michael Kors to buy Versace for $2.2 billion

Michael Kors has agreed to purchase Gianni Versace for $2.12 billion to continue efforts to expand into global luxury fashion. Once the deal is finalized, Michael Kors Holdings will change its name Capri Holdings. The Versace family will become shareholders in Capri, according to a company statement. “The acquisition of Versace is an important...
Sears considers restructure without filing for bankruptcy
Sears considers restructure without filing for bankruptcy

Sears is making bigger moves to stave off filing for bankruptcy as it fights to return to profitability. In the newest move, CEO Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund ESL Investments has submitted a proposal that would restructure the company the company without filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It would reduce debt about 80 percent from $5.6 billion. »...
Bill Cosby facing as many as 10 years behind bars for drugging, molesting woman
Bill Cosby facing as many as 10 years behind bars for drugging, molesting woman

Comedian Bill Cosby, who was found guilty earlier this year of drugging and molesting a onetime friend in 2004, appeared in a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Tuesday for the second day of a two-day sentencing hearing. Update 8:55 a.m. EDT Sept. 24: Cosby arrived at the courthouse Tuesday morning to start the second day of his sentencing hearing...
SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh in first TV interview repeatedly denies sexual assault accusations
SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh in first TV interview repeatedly denies sexual assault accusations

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is under fire as accusations of sexual misconduct cloud what was expected to be a simple nomination process.   >> Read more trending news  The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a hearing at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, in which a woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting...
Springfield man reports being robbed while walking on sidewalk
Springfield man reports being robbed while walking on sidewalk

A Springfield man reported being robbed while walking near Municipal Stadium. Springfield police responded to the 1100 block of Mitchell Boulevard where the victim said he was walking when a silver van pulled up beside him and made contact with him. “(The occupants) asked him for a cigarette,” the report says. “He stated that he offered...
More Stories