Katherine J. Kelich

Dear Taxpayer,

Thank you for visiting the Belmont County Treasurer’s Office website. Since taking office in September 2013, my priority has been to answer a very simple question: How can we provide you with better service? That is our mission, and we’ve done our best to design this website with you in mind.

First, knowledge is power. Here, you can find out about a number of different topics, including: Real Estate Taxes; Manufactured Home Taxes; and Delinquent Property Tax payment opportunities.

Second, we offer many ways for you to make your payment on your taxes. Click on "Make a Payment" to decide which option suits you best.

And, finally, we have tax rate information and all the forms you might need, including the Homestead Application for Senior Citizens, Disabled Residents and Surviving Spouses, right at your fingertips.

If you have a question, or if you need additional information from us, please feel free to contact me and my staff either by phone, or in person. Again, welcome, and thank you for the opportunity to be of service.


January 13, 2016

Contact Persons: Katherine J. Kelich
Belmont County Treasurer
(740) 699-2145

Belmont County Real Property Triennial Update May Impact Tax Bills

St. Clairsville, Ohio — Belmont County Auditor, Andrew Sutak, and Belmont County Treasurer, Katherine Kelich, know better than most that no one likes to see their real property taxes increased. Yet, with 2015’s property tax bills about to go out, Sutak and Kelich are cautioning Belmont County residents that three separate events are likely to produce higher tax bills for property owners.

First, Ohio law requires all 88 counties to conduct a reappraisal every six years on all real property parcels within their county. This was completed in tax year 2012 for Belmont County. Ohio law also requires a Triennial Update every third year after a reappraisal; this occurred for the tax year 2015 for Belmont County. This update is a percentage change in valuation based on a sales ratio study that was conducted for the prior three year real estate sales by neighborhoods/sections of the county. As the Treasurer’s office prepares to send out the resulting real property tax bills for 2015, property owners will see an increase in their taxes if it was determined that their property increased in value. The Ohio State Department of Taxation Tax Equalization performed sales ratio studies and mandated the Auditor to increase certain percentages with their final approval of valuation.

Second, even if your property did not increase in value, some Belmont County residents may see an increase as a result of new or replacement levies that were passed in their communities last November. And, Ohio law also now mandates that any new levy or replacement levy passed after August 31, 2013, does not receive a ten percent rollback, or two and a half percent owner occupancy credit, that Ohio residents have enjoyed for many years. That change was part of a larger State budget deal the General Assembly crafted several years ago as a way to eliminate State Budget deficits at the time.

However, both Sutak and Kelich noted that the law also provides a way for property owners to challenge the values on their parcels. Property owners whose value has increased can file a complaint with the Belmont County Board of Revision challenging any increase in the appraised value. It was noted, however, that rate increases based solely on new or replacement levy increases cannot be challenged. Complaint forms can be obtained in the Auditor's Office, located on the first floor of the Belmont County Courthouse. For more information on the complaint forms, please contact (740) 695-2121, ext. 1025. Importantly, by Ohio Law, all complaints must be filed with the Auditor’s Office on or before March 31, 2016, to receive consideration for the 2015 tax year.

Once a complaint is filed, the Board of Revision will review the complaints and schedule hearings regarding those complaints. Property owners should bring any evidence that they wish the Board to consider with them to the hearing.

Finally, certain aspects of real property taxes can also vary from year-to-year because the State Department of Taxation recalculates tax reduction factors annually. Tax rates for 2015 may be found here.