The total taxable value of the Archbold Area School District dropped 1.58% between 2011 and 2012, down to $196,012,010.
The information was presented to the Archbold Area School Board at its Monday, Jan. 7 meeting.
Chris Ziegler, district fiscal officer, said the $196 million figure is the taxable value, which is calculated at 35% of market value. Tax bills for property are calculated based on the taxable value.
With the exception of 2009, the taxable value of the school district has fallen every year since 2004, when the taxable value of the district hit a high of more than $257 million.
In 2009, the district tax value rose by about $3.5 million over 2008.
But in the next year, 2010, the district’s taxable value dropped by 7.85%, a decline of more than $17.3 million, from $221.5 million to $204 million.
In the nine years since the 2004 high point, the district has lost about $61.6 million, or about one-fourth (23.93%) of its taxable value.
What do the numbers mean for the average property owner?
Ziegler said it is likely that some property owners could see an increase in their school property taxes, while others could see a decrease.
It all depends on what has happened to the valuation of the individual property.
One thing it won’t mean, Ziegler said, is a decrease in revenue for the school district.
During the 1970s, the Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 920, which did not allow taxes to rise as property values skyrocketed, as they were doing then.
In other words, for tax purposes, property values were not allowed to rise with inflation. If a property was improved, such as adding a room to a house, that increase was allowed.
But if a home simply appreciated year to year, the increase was not assessed.
The county auditor would reduce the tax rate– the millage charged against the property value–creating an “effective millage.”
Today, with property values decreasing, the auditor can raise the effective millage to generate the same amount of money the levy did in the past.
In most cases, the millage cannot exceed the amount that was originally approved by voters.