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School board bill on property values passes in Senate

Written on Dec 17, 2021

Provided by Hannah News Service

The Senate on Wednesday passed House Bill 126, which requires local governments that contest property values to formally pass an authorizing resolution for each contest and to notify property owners.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Township, passed on a party-line vote, with Sen. Louis Blessing (R-Cincinnati) and other Republicans arguing the bill strikes the right balance to protect property owners and school districts, while Sen. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Democrats argued the bill favors wealthy landowners and inappropriately cuts schools out of the process for determining appropriate property values.

The bill creates a process where school boards must discuss and disclose that their intent is to challenge property values and then vote on the issue at a meeting. Before that happens, the bill would also require school boards to issue a notice by certified mail to the owners impacted so they are aware of the upcoming meeting. 

The legislation will return to the House floor for concurrence with Senate changes.  Should the House reject the changes, the bill will go to a conference committee to negotiate the differences.