Real Estate Tax
Real Property tax is one of the oldest taxes in the State of Ohio and is also one of the most stable tax bases, the taxable value of land and buildings. Tax rates vary between tax districts depending on all levies approved either by legislative authority or by the voters in the district. Ohio law limits local government authority to assess property taxes by creating the 10 mill limitation.
Tangible Personal Property
Personal property tax originated as a tax on farm inventories and equipment and until 1931 personal property and real property were taxed together. The tax base is the inventory, equipment and machinery used in business in Ohio. Personal property is taxed at full rates as no reduction factors are applied to personal property.
Manufactured Home Tax
Similar to the above property taxes, MFG Home Taxes were instituted in 1925 with the development of Manufactured Homes. The tax base is 40% of the depreciated value of the home and the rate is the total of all taxes levied in the district. New law passed by the Ohio General Assembly in December of 1998 significantly changes Manufactured Home taxation by assessing the value of the home similar to Real Estate, at market values.
The State of Ohio is the administrative agent for Ohio's Estate Tax, however, depending on the county of residence of the decedent, the County Treasurer collects the tax locally, distributing twice a year 30% of the collection to the state, less fees, and the remaining balance distributed to the local tax districts allocated on a percentage of where the estate assets were held.
April has served the Citizens of Auglaize County as Treasurer since December 2004. April immediately developed an auto pay, direct debit program for the payment of real estate taxes and sewer payments. April also implemented a program to allow credit card payments via over-the-counter, by phone or online for real estate taxes, mobile homes taxes and sewer payments.
Responsibilities of the Treasurer
County treasurers, who are elected to four-year terms, serve as the county banker, safe keeper of all taxes and investor of local funds. The responsibilities of county treasurer include:
- Collection of local taxes, particularly the real property and personal taxes. They are also responsible for taxes on manufactured homes, inheritance, hotel-motel and special assessments.
- Safekeeping of taxes collected in taxing districts such as schools, cities, townships and villages
- Preparations of daily and monthly financial statements of deposits submitted to the County Auditor
- Investment of undisbursed funds to earn revenue for the general operating fund.
- Serves on the County Investment Board to provide financial data, investment instruments, financial forecasting, and current and future interest rate schedules.
- Oversight of complaints from property owners who feel their property taxes are too high
- Approval of spending levels for schools, cities and townships
- Assessment of computer needs for the county.
The Treasurer's office has a staff of two full time employees: