Ms. López, the only Latino to hold county-wide office in Lucas
County, won re-election without opposition in November, then
found herself in a dispute with the state tax commissioner over
property values. The contention focused on property value
increases from the Ohio Dept. of Taxation that were much
higher than the county auditor’s revaluation process, which
occurs every six years.
State taxation officials recommended increases in property
values that Ms. López thought were overinflated. Countywide,
property values will increase nine percent on average, although
some communities will see hikes as high as 12 percent. Ms. López
contended that the state’s analysis doesn’t accurately reflect
Lucas County’s housing market, then took a stand with the state
once she received feedback from angry property owners.
State taxation officials ended up filing a formal order,
demanding Ms. López comply with their assessment, threatening to
withhold funding to local school districts and governments if
she refused to adjust property values accordingly. That
essentially forced the hand of Ms. López.
In response, the county auditor is encouraging any property
owner who disputes the increased value to challenge it through
the county’s Board of Revision. Property owners can begin filing
challenges after Jan. 1, which will likely keep the county
auditor’s office busy.
Ms. López plans to make sure of that, vowing to put the proper
appeal paperwork into the hands of every interested citizen so
they have a chance to be heard at least locally. The county
auditor also plans to run newspaper ads reminding property
owners of their rights and the deadlines.
Ms. López has gained a reputation as a champion of taxpayers,
after taking over the county auditor’s office during the
economic downturn that led to a lot of property foreclosures.
The heavy reliance on local levy dollars prompted Ms. López to
establish an online tax calculator, so home and business owners
could see firsthand how levy increases would directly impact
them on their property tax bill. Other consumer-friendly
measures have followed over the years.
Meantime, dog licensing
for the 2019 season began Dec. 1 and runs through Jan. 31,
2019. A one-year dog license costs $25, while a three-year
license runs $75. A lifetime dog licenses costs $250. You can
obtain a dog license at 31 retailers across Lucas County,
directly though the county auditor’s office at One Government
Center or at Lucas Co. Canine Care and Control, 410 S. Erie St.,
or online at:
Canine owners who purchase a dog license will also receive a
Lucas County Loves Dogs reward card in key fob form, good
for discounts at 15 local vendors, including dog-related
retailers, pizza shops, a car wash and others. According to
the auditor’s office, taking advantage of offers attached to the
rewards card throughout the year could offset the cost of a dog
Anyone who misses the dog license deadline will be assessed a
penalty of $25 per pet. Ohio law requires dog owners to obtain a
license for any dog over three months of age.
The dog tag system is designed to reunite lost pets with their
owners. There is an online Lucas County dog tag database
available to search dog owner information. The license on a
dog’s collar identifies the owner so the pet can be returned
home or turned in at
County Canine Care and Control,
where the owner will be notified in person or by phone and
¿Pregintas? Lucas County
Auditor at (419) 213-4443.