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CLEVELAND – Jane Knoblauch wonders if she can still afford her home on Cleveland Scranton Road after receiving a new 2021 real estate appraisal from Cuyahoga County that increased her property from $ 68,000 to more than $ 86,000 has increased.

The county is currently mailing new property appraisals to nearly 490,000 homeowners and business owners in Cuyahoga County.

Knoblauch, 65, said she had already been forced to return to work to keep her home based on the property tax increase decided by the county in 2018.

“You come in the mail and I hold my breath thinking please, please, please be sensible,” said Knoblauch. “It’s scary to have to worry when they send this property tax bill. Can I continue to pay for this and stay in my house or do I have to move? I don’t want that, I love being here, I’ve been here for almost 30 years. “

Henry Senyak, chairman of the Lincoln Heights Block Club, told News 5 that he had heard from more than a dozen homeowners in his Cleveland Tremont neighborhood who fear a large property tax hike will force them to leave Cleveland.

“There will be a lot of foreclosures, there will be a lot more people on the streets unless there is some level of LOOP legislation,” Senyak said. “The county should have a meeting in every ward. The value of private property can increase by 100% within six years. How can low-income families and people on fixed incomes afford to stay in their homes? “

Senyak referred to the LOOP legislation or Longtime Owner Occupants Programs as launched by the City of Philadelphia. The program limits property tax increases for homeowners who have lived in their homes for at least ten years and who meet certain income requirements.

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Some CLE homeowners fear that new home appraisals will force them to move

Ohio State Senator Sandra Williams, District 21, (D) has proposed similar legislation to the Columbus statehouse in Senate Act 192 that would limit property tax increases to no more than 10% per year.

Williams told News 5 that the measure is on hold on the Ways and Means Committee, but she still hopes it could be put to the vote in 2021.

“The requirements for you to live in your place of residence for at least 10 years, there are no income requirements,” said Williams with all the development that is happening in some of Cleveland’s boroughs. “

Lisa Rocco, director of operations at Cuyahoga County’s Fiscal Office, told News 5 that homeowners shouldn’t worry anytime soon. Rocco said while the county won’t host one-on-one meetings with property owners like 2018, it will host a series of eleven community meetings starting Oct. 5.

Rocco said the meetings are designed to give homeowners all of the information they need to put their case together if they disagree with their new property appraisal and prepare to file their appeal with the district audit committee starting Jan. 1.

“Just because your home can increase by a percentage doesn’t mean your tax bill will necessarily increase by the same percentage,” said Rocco.

“I suggest you pay your tax bill and then if you get an impairment loss from the Audit Committee we will reimburse you for the overpaid amount. do not have internet access, please give us a call. “

Rocco said the county also released a tax calculator to help homeowners more accurately equate their property appreciation with a potential property tax hike.

Meanwhile, some Cleveland homeowners believe like Garlic that they now face a very uncertain future.

“Now we have another $ 20,000 and it’s like it’s too much,” said Knoblauch. I’ll be twisting my hair a lot at night to figure out how to do it and pay my bills. “

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