By Frank Lewis
The city of Portsmouth has received final determinations on the taxability of several city-owned properties from the Ohio Department of Taxation regarding the possibility of refunds for taxes paid on four properties that should not have been taxed.
“The Tax Commissioner determined that the property should be exempt and will be treated as exempt from now on. So we shouldn’t be paying on these pieces of property anymore,” Portsmouth City Solicitor John Haas said. “We’re also going to get a refund of the taxes paid for 2011, 2012 and 2013 on three of the parcels. And then on the other parcel we get (20)12 and (20)13 back because we didn’t buy the property until July of 2011.”
Haas called the information good news, and cautioned that it is only on four of 75 parcels the city has submitted. The issue arose when City Manager Derek Allen looked into why the city was paying property tax on properties that were tax exempt. Haas filed with the Ohio Department of Taxation and received the response on the four properties.
“I don’t have a dollar figure calculated on what these will be,” Haas said. “I think the total will be what the city has paid, which was $20,000 a year. So it’s going to save us $20,000 forever and we’re going to get back close to that for the last several years. So we’ve got decisions on four. I don’t foresee discrepancies or differences between the other properties and these. It’s good news I think.”
Haas said he has received no indication as to when the refunds will arrive and Allen said the funds would be placed in the city’s General Fund.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.