Anthony Wayne schools withdraws home value challenge

Whitehouse, OHIO (WTVG) - We have an update to a story we first brought you last week.

Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez, tells 13ABC that the Anthony Wayne School district has withdrawn its challenge of home values.

Dozens of homeowners received letters warning them that their property taxes were going to jump. The homeowners paid at least $100,000 more for their homes last year than the assessed value, but they were not taxed on the difference.

The school district has said it needs money from that un-taxed value.

At a school board meeting Monday night, nearly all 60 homeowners targeted for a tax hike showed up. They urged board members to stop the tax challenge and to let the county auditor perform a 2018 re-valuation.

Board president Pam Brint says, "There's some indication that it hasn't been keeping up with the market values in our district and so it has created some big discrepancies."

People who bought homes in the last three years in Lucas County are not paying taxes on an updated valuation. Revaluations are scheduled every three years and a next comes up in 2018.

Ironically, the county auditor says the school district would collect *more money* if it waits for a county-wide audit.

Taxing the 60-homes would only raise $125,000 for the Anthony Wayne school district. Compare that with the $352,000 the auditor says the district would receive it a complete audit were conducted.

Anita Lopez says waiting "would probably create less frustrated citizens."

Lopez estimates an new audit will likely raise property taxes in the district an average of 10-12%.

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