Belmont County Auditor - Roger P. Conroy

The Auditor’s office is finished conducting a reappraisal of all properties in the county. The reappraisal is ordered by the Department of Taxation every six years and will take effect for tax year 2012, payable in calendar year 2013.


Notice is hereby given, in compliance with Section 5713.01, Revised Code, that the reappraisal of all real property in Belmont County has been completed and pursuant to Section 5715.17, Revised Code, the tax returns of Belmont County, for the tax year 2012, have been revised and the valuations completed and are open for public inspection at the office of the County Auditor in the Court House, St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Complaints against any valuation or assessment, except of valuations fixed and assessments made by the Tax Commissioner of Ohio, will be heard by the County Board of Revision at the Court House, St. Clairsville, Ohio beginning November 26, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. for a period of two weeks.

Complaints must be made in writing on blanks furnished by the County Auditor and filed in his office on or before March 31, 2013, or at anytime during which taxes are received by the County Treasurer without penalty for the first half taxes.

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Belmont County Auditor, Andrew L. Sutak announced that the Belmont County Auditor website located at has been updated showing a fresher and newer look.

Many frequently used functions such as; The Real Estate Online, Dog License online and the County Annual Financial Report are easier to access and view on the new website. Many forms used in the auditor’s office can be downloaded for use by the public. The auditor’s duties, frequently asked questions, forms and links are available on the new website.

When pictures are obtained, the website will highlight the many cities and villages throughout the county via a slide show. Auditor Sutak “Invites the residents of Belmont County to visit the new website to view the many functions offered as public information.”

Please contact the auditor office at 740 699-2130 and or email for questions or comments.

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Belmont County Auditor, Andrew L. Sutak, would like to inform all Belmont County property owners that the Auditor’s office is currently conducting a reappraisal of all properties in the county. The reappraisal is ordered by the Department of Taxation every six years and will take effect for tax year 2012, payable in calendar year 2013.

Appraisers will be throughout the entire county and will be easily identified by the County Auditor’s name on the side of their vehicle and each have individual ID’s from the Auditor’s office. Please contact the Auditor’s office at (740) 699-2132 for any questions regarding the reappraisal process.

Mr. Sutak also wants to remind residents living outside city limits which require a building permit, it is the property owner’s responsibility to notify the County Auditor and file a new construction notice for any improvements to your property over $200.00 per Ohio Revised Code 5713.17. You may call the office for a new construction form or you may go to the Auditor’s website under online forms. Destroyed property forms are also available for buildings removed from the property.

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Andrew L. Sutak, Belmont County Auditor is pleased to announce that beginning on December 1, 2009 a 2010 dog license can now be applied for and paid by credit card online through a secure web site. You may also go to the Belmont County Auditor website and click on Dog License Online to access the site. Several other counties have used this system and it comes highly recommended. Our office will not handle any part of the online transaction. Once the transaction is completed the license information and a check will be forwarded to the auditor’s office on a weekly basis. Once the necessary information is received the dog tag/s and receipt will be sent to the purchaser. This feature is being added as a convenience to dog owners. There will be an additional fee to use the online service.

The 2010 dog and kennel license will go on sale December 1. An application will be mailed to each person who applied for a license during 2009. Anyone who acquired a dog/s or a kennel (five dogs or more) during the year and did not receive an application form from the auditor’s office, may apply for a license from any agent located throughout the County, at the Court House or use the online service.

After receipt of the preprinted application, please review the information on the form, make any necessary corrections, enclose a check for the fees, and return the application in the enclosed envelope and mail to: Belmont County Auditor, Attn: Dog License, 101 W Main St., St. Clairsville, OH 43950. After processing the application, the auditor’s office will mail the license/s and a copy of the application to the owner.

The license fee is $12 for each dog or $60 for a kennel license. For questions, please contact the auditor’s office at 740 699-2131.

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After over 38 years of public service Belmont County Auditor Joseph A. Pappano announced his retirement effective September 30, 2009. Mr. Pappano took office as Belmont County Auditor in March 1987. He also had service with the administration of Governor John J. Gilligan, Thomas E. Ferguson, Auditor of State and ten years as Belmont County Treasurer. We extend our very best wishes to Mr. Pappano and his wife Rosalie for an enjoyable retirement.

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The Belmont County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for year ending December 31, 2007 is now available on the county website. All future county CAFR’S will be posted on the website when they become available.

Phase-out of Personal Property Tax.

Due to the phase-out of the personal property tax, the 2008 return is the final annual return required to be filed by most general taxpayers. The personal property tax is being replaced by the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT.) For information and forms on the CAT visit or call 1.800.282.1782.

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On August 29, 2007 the County Commissioners upon recommendation of the Belmont County Animal Rescue League increased the fee for a 2008 dog and kennel license. The increase is effective December 1, 2007 when the 2008 dog licenses go on sale.

The 2008 fees:

  • $12 – For a dog license
  • $60 – For a kennel license ( 5 or more dogs)

After January 31, 2008 a late filing fee of $12 per dog license and $60 per kennel license will be added to the cost of the license.

Please note that all monies collected from the sale of dog and kennel licenses are used solely for the operation of the dog shelter and related expenses.

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The Homestead Exemption law for those over 65 or permanently disabled changed effective July 2, 2007. For more information go to our Homestead Exemption page or go to click on New Homestead Exemption.

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Owners of residential rental property must file the following information with the county auditor (5323.02 (A)):

Name, address, and phone number of an owner, trustee, administrator, general partner, manager, associate, or member, depending on how the property is owned

Street address and permanent parcel number of the property

The year any dwelling units were built

The information will be filed and maintained in a manner to be determined by the auditor (5323.02 (B))

The information is public record (5523.04)

“Residential rental property” means (5323.01):

Real Property

1 or more dwelling units leased or rented solely for residential purposes; or

mobile home park or site where lots are leased for parking mobile/manufactured homes/RVs for residential purposes

does not include hotels or college dorms

The owner must update changed information within 10 days (5323.02 (C))

Owners of residential rental property who reside out of state must designate an individual in Ohio to serve as their agent for the acceptance of process for legal actions or proceedings (5323.03)

The county auditor must determine the manner in which the designation must be made

If the owner has already designated such an agent with the Secretary of State, a certified copy of that document must be filed with the auditor

No owner of residential rental property shall fail to comply with the filing or updating of information requirements or shall fail to satisfy the designation of agent requirement or the filing of the appropriate designation of agent document requirement. Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. (Sec. 5323.99)


The law went into effect 9/28/06.
Prepared by CAAO Legislative Intern Kate Dennis, 3/3/06
Updated 9/28/06

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Joseph A. Pappano, Belmont County Auditor reports that all commercial and industrial property owners can expect an increase in their 2005 Real Estate Taxes payable in 2006 due to HB66 passed by the state legislature and signed into law on June 30.

Pappano said the elimination of the 10% rollback for commercial, industrial and mineral properties will result in an actual 11.1% increase in tax dollars to the owners.

However, this increase will not mean more money for local governments or schools. The increase in tax dollars replaces funds that were formerly reimbursed by the state to the taxing districts.

Pappano stated, “This tax increase is unrelated to the Belmont County 2006 reappraisal currently in progress. The change is also unrelated to local levies or assessment activities, and is the direct result of the new legislation from Columbus .

The change affects all “class two” properties, including commercial, mineral and industrial and some “class one” property relating to forested agricultural land such as CAUV and the Forest Land Tax Program.

Residential properties will continue to receive the 10% rollback.

For questions, visit the Ohio Department of Taxation web site, or call the county auditor’s office at 740 699-2132 or 740 699-2130.

Personal Property Tax Changes for 2006

The phase-out of the $10,000 reimbursement for Tangible Personal Property was accelerated in Am. Sub. House Bill 66. The last payment will be in Fiscal Year 2009 to the various Political Subdivisions.

FY2006 – 64%

FY2007 – 40%

FY2008 – 32%

FY2009 – 16%

FY2010 – 0%

Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) effective July 1, 2005

Major changes are happening to Ohio’s tax code with the enactment of Am. Sub H.B. 66. These changes affect most Ohio business taxpayers. the most prominent change in the introduction of the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT), a business privilege tax measured by a business’s gross receipts. The CAT in being phased in over five years and replaces the corporation franchise tax and the tangible personal property tax, which are bing phased out over a similar time period. For forms and information visit WWW.TAX.OHIO.GOV or call 1 800-282-1782.

Vendor’s License now on line

Regular county Vendor’s License can be applied for and purchased on the internet through the Ohio Department of Taxation or you can go to Forms on Line on this website and print out an application for a vendor’s license. You may also visit the auditor’s office in the county courthouse to purchase a vendor’s license.

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