Levy Information

Contact Information

The office of the Lucas County Auditor is open. Call our office at 419.213.4406 or email us at outreach@co.lucas.oh.us

If you need to complete a deed transfer, we recommend contacting a company that offers E-Recording, who may assist you for a fee: Transfer Conveyance List of Professional Companies to E-Record

Auditor's departmental phone numbers are listed below. Once you call the number and reach the menu, please dial the last four digits again as the extension:

Deed Transfer/Conveyance  (419) 213-4439 or (419) 213-4332
Board of Revision  (419) 213-4424 or (419) 213-4327
CAUV/Homestead  (419) 213-4403
Dog, Cigarette or Vendors License  (419) 213-4443
Finance  (419) 213-4329 or (419) 213-4435
Disbursements  (419) 213-4328
Tax Accounting  (419) 213-4446 or (419) 213-4154
Special Assessments-Exemptions  (419) 213-4292 or (419) 213-4154
Payroll  (419) 213-4348 or (419) 213-4346
Weights and Measures  (419) 213-4447
Homeowners Real Estate Questions  (419) 213-4142, (419) 213-4434, 
(419) 213-4155 or (419) 213-4153
Commercial/Business Real Estate:  (419) 213-4833
GENERAL QUESTIONS:  (419) 213-4338, (419) 213-4403, 
(419) 213-4432 or (419) 213-4335
Email questions  Outreach@co.lucas.oh.us
TEXT a question (419) 309-7877
Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez (419) 213-4322

General Information

According to Ohio law, property taxes may be levied by any county, township, city, village, school district or special district by resolution of its governing body.
Real property taxes are imposed locally with voter approval. The taxing authority of each local government unit adopts and files a budget for the coming year.

These budgets are reviewed by the County Budget Commission (auditor, treasurer, and prosecuting attorney). The Commission may neither change estimates of expenditures nor authorize a tax rate which will produce more revenue than the proposed expenditures. If the present tax will not produce sufficient revenue to cover expenditures, additional millage must be placed on the ballot for voter approval. The property tax rate is measured in mills; a mill is one-tenth of a cent. This translates to $1 for each $1,000 of assessed property value.

There are three types of levies that will affect your taxes: bond, renewal, and replacement.

Bond Levy

A Bond Levy is a levy offered for construction activities with a specified term and amount. Proceeds are used to pay off principle and interest on the bond issuance. Mills are adjusted annually to meet debt service requirements. When debt is retired, the levy that created the mills terminates.

A new bond levy will generally increase your tax.

Renewal Levy

A Renewal Levy is voter approved to extend the term and purpose of an expiring levy while considering original property valuations at the time of passage.

Renewal mills have a reduction factor annually applied in order to raise the same amount of funding as in the original year of passage. If passed at the identical mills as the original levy, a renewal levy normally will not change the amount of tax you currently pay.

Replacement Levy

A Replacement Levy is a voter approved to extend the term and conditions of an expiring levy. However unlike renewal levies, it takes present day property valuation into consideration.

Replacement levies generally benefit from the increase in value since the passage of the original “replaced” levy. If passed at the identical mills as the original levy, a replacement levy will normally increase your tax if the value of the property has risen since the original passage of the levy.

NOTE: An ADDITIONAL or NEW LEVY will increase taxes.