Ohio is the seventh-largest state in the US, yet it keeps its property records scattered in 88 different places. This project brings that data into one place, together with an attorney to sort through the legalese. The aim is to increase transparency and look at land rights issues throughout the whole state, which right now is not even possible. Who are the biggest landowners in Ohio? Where are housing prices the most depressed and why?
Homeowners, mortgage lenders, and other lienholders lost or will lose up to $2,796,140 in 2019 alone.
After a Pulitzer Center-supported investigation, Ohio lawmakers introduced a new bill that would close a property tax loophole in the state.
When Palmer Square, LLC recently wanted to sell their apartment building, they went through all the usual hoops that most homeowners are familiar with. But selling the property outright would have cost $65,000 in conveyance fee taxes, and annual property tax would bump up an additional $309,000 dollars per year.
Eye on Ohio was awarded the Best Government Issues Reporting prize for their work investigating property tax loopholes costing small business owners thousands of dollars.