Tax Increase Explanation & Community Tax Rate
Community Tax Rates
Your property taxes are calculated using three factors:
- The value of your property as determined by the County Auditor
- The tax rate established in your community
- Tax reductions, credits and rollbacks established by Ohio law
The 100% market value of your property and 35% taxable value for your property is listed on the larger section of your tax bill. This information is given to us by the Auditor’s Office. For more information regarding the value of your property or to dispute the value please contact the Washington County Auditor’s Office at (740) 373-6623 Ext. 2142.
Please note that the tax rates displayed in this section are for Tax Year 2020 and payable in 2021. Tax rates change when the voters within a community approve new levies. Levies that passed during 2020 will appear on your current tax bill.
Tax Reduction Factor
The HB 920 reduction factor, mandated by Ohio law, and is designed to keep tax revenues stable when property values increase or decrease. The factor that prevented your taxes from dramatically increasing when property values were on the rise will now keep your taxes from significantly decreasing despite declining property values. This reduction factor will keep the revenue to our schools, cities, libraries, etc. at nearly the same level as originally approved by the voters. A portion of your tax rate is not affected by the tax reduction factor and will result in a slight decrease in your tax bill. For more information please contact the Washington County Auditor’s Office.
Other Property Tax Reductions
- 10% Rollback
Taxes on all residential and agricultural properties are reduced by 10%. Commercial properties are not eligible for this reduction.
- 2.5% Reduction
Owner-occupied properties are entitled to an additional 2.5% reduction in taxes. If you believe you are eligible but are not receiving this tax reduction, call (740) 373-6623 Ext. 2121 for an application.
- Homestead Exemption
If you are age 65 or older or totally and permanently disabled and own and reside in your own home, you are eligible for the Homestead Exemption. This exemption will reduce your taxable property value. Call the Washington County Auditor’s Office at (740) 373-6623 Ext. 2123 to request an application form.