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Wraparound is a process which develops and carries out plans for children, individuals and their families who have very complex needs. Families who have used traditional services may find Wraparound helpful in meeting the family's identified needs. The Wraparound process is implemented with the involvement of those people important to the family. Wraparound improves the lives of families by building on their strengths. It encourages them to make helpful, caring connections in the community. The Wraparound process ensures that services are focused on the needs of the individual and his or her family.
Key elements are based on the strengths of the individual and the family and include:
A Team facilitator works with the family to identify four to ten people who know the family best. People involved can be family members, a minister, a close friend, a coach, or others that are natural supports to the family, along with agency personnel. These people form a family team. The team works together to achieve the goals chosen by the family.
The individual family has:
The facilitator, trained in the Wraparound process, is responsible for keeping the team focused on the family's goals. The family works with the facilitator to ensure the plan is right for them.
The Family and Children First Council guides the Service Coordination/Wraparound process in our community. This Council includes parents, service providers, business leaders, and community representatives. The Family and Children First Council is committed to developing a strong working partnership with the local community and its members. Key differentiation includes:
Major advantages include:
Yes, if containing 10 acres or more. Those under 10 acres can qualify if the land has produced a gross income for the past three years of at least $2,500 each year or should reasonably be expected to product that much during the current year.
No. Applications must be made each year at the Williams County Auditor's office.
File an application with the County Auditor on or after the first Monday in January and on or before the first Monday in March and pay a one time application fee of $25. There is no renewal fee.
Land devoted exclusively to agricultural use qualifications include:
No. The farm has to qualify, not the owner.
Reappraisals are done every six years and a review and adjustment is possible in the third calendar year following the reappraisal.
No. In Ohio, tax value, or tax assessed value, is 35% of the appraised market value.
Before the law was enacted farms were appraised on the basis of their appraised market value.
The fair market value approach depends upon the comparison of sales of similarly situated farms and where the highest and best use sets value. The C.A.U.V. method depends upon capitalizing the expected net income from farming.
Yes. The fair market value reflects what a buyer is willing to pay regardless of the farm's agricultural production capability.
For the purpose of this act they are.
Woodland is not eligible for tax savings under both laws. An owner must choose one or the other. On parcels of 10 acres or more, timber qualifies for the C.A.U.V. program, meeting the commercial production test. However, you must submit a request for a Land Management program in writing to:Tom CollinsService Forester Division of Forestry3357 County Road DSwanton, OH 43558
If you knowingly give false information on an application, you are guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
The owner is required to pay back the tax difference. Recoupment, for a maximum of three years, is taxed under the C.A.U.V. method.
Failure to reapply for C.A.U.V. tax appraisal or if a change in use occurs so that the land is not devoted exclusively to agricultural purposes.
Golf courses do not qualify.
Yes. This is a type of animal husbandry. However, a race track does not qualify.
Yes. As long as it meets the C.A.U.V. income requirement
A garden store does not qualify.
Yes, the raising of plants or animals as fish or shellfish in or under the sea, lake or river or other body of water.
Yes. The raising and care of bees qualifies.
The county as a whole does not have Zoning. There are a few townships that are zoned. Zoning Page
Contact the Auditors Office.
Special Hauling Permits can be downloaded, filled out, e-mailed, or returned to our office.
A sanitary payment may be made in person at the county engineer's office, mailed, dropped off in our drop box, or paid online which charges a transaction fee from the card service provider. PAY MY BILL
Parcel data as well as other information is available for download through our GIS Hub. All other inquires should be directed to Brian Fritsch.
Driveway Permits can be downloaded, filled out, e-mailed, or returned to our office.
The following link will walk you through the process: Permanent Maintenance Petition Process
The new deed must be submitted in Word Format, along with the prior recorded deed in PDF format. There are several ways in which to submit this information. It can be done through email, regular mail, sharepoint, or can be dropped off in person.
To qualify for the Homestead Exemption you must:
If there is more than one owner of a property, the one who first reaches age 65 should file the application.
Section 4503.064 of the Revised Code defines "permanently and totally disabled" as "a person who has some impairment in body or mind that makes him unfit to work at any substantially remunerative employment where he is reasonably able to perform and which will, with reasonable probability, continue for an indefinite period of at least 12 months"An appropriate certificate of disability form (PDF) must be completed and signed by a licensed physician or psychologist (or a copy of the Social Security Disability notice of award letter) and submitted with the Homestead Exemption application.
Other requirements include:
Applications for the homestead program may be filed beginning the first Monday in January until the first Monday in June each year. Since manufactured home-owners pay their taxes currently, they must file their Homestead Exemption application during the year prior to the year for which the reduction is requested to get the benefit on their tax bills.
The Homestead Exemption is an additional reduction in the real estate taxes beyond the other property tax deductions and rollbacks.
To qualify for the Homestead Exemption the surviving spouse must:
By signing the Homestead Application, you authorize the Auditor to examine any records relating to your age. You also affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you did not acquire the home from another person (not your spouse, or a relative) for the purpose of qualifying for the Homestead Exemption. Ohio law provides that anyone who makes a false statement for purposes of obtaining a Homestead Exemption, or failing to report any changes in ownership or disability or other relevant information on a timely basis, is guilty of a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Individuals convicted of such a misdemeanor are ineligible to receive the Homestead Exemption for the three years following the conviction and must pay any improperly exempted tax, plus interest.
The amount of reduction that you may receive depends on the tax rate of your community. The program provides an exemption from real property taxes on the first 25,000 of an eligible taxpayers homestead. Call the Auditor's office at 419-636-5639 for an estimate of tax savings.
Homestead Exemption offers a reduction in taxes but does not eliminate your total tax bill. Special assessments placed on your tax bill by outside entities must also be paid.
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If you are a resident of Williams County and received your ticket in Williams County you will receive a Notice of Hearing with a date and time to appear. The juvenile must appear with at least one parent or legal guardian for the hearing. Juveniles are not permitted to post bond for traffic offenses. The hearing is on the second floor of the Courthouse in the Juvenile Court.
If you are a resident of Ohio but not a resident of Williams County the ticket will be transferred to your county of residence.
If you are an out-of-state resident you will receive a Notice of Hearing allowing you to either appear in person or pay the fine and court costs without appearing. This option is only available to out-of-state residents.
The parent or legal guardian will be required to fill out an affidavit identifying sources of income and amounts to determine eligibility. The Judge will then determine eligibility and appoint counsel from a list of attorneys that have agreed to take court appointed clients. A filing fee of $25 is required to file the affidavit.
If your notice is for a diversion case, you report to the Juvenile Probation Office on the first floor of the Courthouse. If your notice is for a delinquency hearing or a hearing on an abuse/neglect/dependency case, you report to the Juvenile Court courtroom on the second floor. If your notice is for custody/support/visitation, you check in at the second floor Juvenile Court office.
For costs relating to a delinquency case, you report to the Juvenile Probation Office on the first floor or the Juvenile Court office on the second floor in the Courthouse. For costs relating to a custody/support/visitation case you will make the payments at the Juvenile Court office on the second floor of the Courthouse.
You will generally be able to get copies from the Juvenile Court office on the second floor of the Courthouse. There is a cost relating to copies and if the case is not currently open retrieving copies can take some time.
Generally, the Juvenile Court seals and expunges your record after the statutory requirements are met. However, there are some charges that the court is not permitted to seal and/or expunge so those charges will remain on your record.
Diversion is a way to get help without having a formal case filed. Even though Diversion is informal, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to diversion meetings. You will report to the Juvenile Probation Office on the first floor of the Courthouse and meet with either a diversion counselor or other probation staff. The goal is to resolve the situation without the need for further action.
Yes. We accept diversion referrals from parents and schools as well as law enforcement.
The yearly new construction program assures that all parcels of real property that have structural changes are appraised (or "valued") at their current fair market value. This method is established by Ohio law. New buildings in a taxing district also generate "new tax money" for that district.
Yearly inspection of building additions and removals keeps the tax burden equitable for everyone in the county. Otherwise, a property with a new building might not pay taxes on that structure for as many as five years (that is, until the next revaluation). On the other hand, a property with a destroyed building could be paying taxes on a non-existent structure for up to five years.
Yes. A field listing technician will inspect each property that has reported either new construction or building destruction and record relevant information on the county's property record card. The field listing technician will ask questions such as:
Along with the interior building inspection, these, and other questions, enable the County to make a more accurate appraisal.
If no one is home, a card will be left at your property asking you to provide information about the building's interior and any new construction or remodeling. After completing the card, simply return it to the address on the card's front. If you believe the card's information is insufficient, call the County Auditor's Office 419-636-5639, for an inspection appointment. A field listing technician will visit your property again to view the home's interior with you.
A building notice should be obtained by residents for the following construction projects:
Learn more on our Building Notices / New Construction page.
The Ohio Revised Code (5713.17) states: "Upon the discovery of a building…the auditor shall appraise it…together with a penalty equal to 50% of the amount of taxes that would have been charged…from the date of construction to the date of discovery…"
Regardless of whether an appraisal is performed by a bank, a mortgage company, a private fee appraiser, or the County Auditor, the goal is still the same; to estimate today's fair market value (selling price) for a piece of real estate. In other words, if your real estate (land and/or buildings) would sell for about $80,000 in today's real estate market, your appraisal should be in the $75,000 to $85,000 range.
Yes, the County Auditor's door is always open and real estate staff are on hand daily.
Possibly. If an expensive structure was added to your property, chances are your property's value will be significantly increased. On the other hand, if an expensive building was removed from your property, chances are your property's value will decrease. Your taxes will, quite possibly, do likewise.
Because the real estate taxes are paid one year after they are assessed, any value changes because of new construction (or removing a building) will not appear on your tax bill until the following January.
The subdivisions (schools, townships, villages, city, and the county) are the taxing authorities. Each year these taxing authorities calculate the operating funds they need. If their current funding is insufficient, they can request a levy to be placed on the ballot for a vote of people. This levy is called outside millage.
Therefore, your tax rate can be increased by a vote of majority of people to approve a levy or bond.
Call your County Auditor, Julie Beagle, at 419-636-5639. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Electricity is available at the Opdycke Park barn, and at George Bible Park there are two power poles with electricity. Bring extension chords as needed.
No alcohol is allowed in the County Parks.
In Williams County, prospective jurors are selected using the list of registered voters provided by the Board of Elections. The selection process is guided by computer programming and is set up to select individuals randomly from the current voter registration file.
If you have opened the information form, please fill in their name and make note that they are deceased and return the form as instructed so that we may remove this person from the jury list.
If you have not opened the information form, please return the correspondence through the mail after writing “Deceased - Return to Sender,” or something of that nature, on the outside of the pocket envelope. Upon return, the person will be removed from the jury list.
We apologize for this mailing. The form was mailed because the person is still a registered voter in this county and was randomly selected for jury service. If you wish to have them removed as a registered voter for this county, please contact the Williams County Board of Elections Office at 419-636-1854.
Complete the name and address sections, making a specific note of your new county of residence, sign and date the form and return it as instructed so that we may remove you from the jury list.
The form was mailed because you are still a registered voter in this county and was randomly selected for jury service. If you wish to be removed as a registered voter for this county, please contact the Williams County Board of Elections Office at 419-636-1854.
As you would do for any other piece of mail received at your address that does not belong to an individual currently residing there, write “Not a Resident - Return to Sender,” or something of that nature, on the outside of the pocket envelope and return it through the mail. Upon receipt, the person will be removed from the jury list.
The information was mailed because the person is still a registered voter for this county and the Board of Elections still has your address on file for them.
If your child will be available to complete the information form within the time requested, please have them do so completing the name and address sections, making a specific note of their current county of residence, listing occupation as student, listing employer as the name of the college he/she attends, signing, and dating the form then returning it as instructed so that we may remove him/her from our jury list.
If your child will not be available to complete the information form within the time requested, you may complete the form for him/her as instructed above. Please sign your name to the form, print your name, and list your relationship (mother, father, etc.) next to your printed name, then return the form as instructed so that we may remove him/her from our jury list.
If you have not opened the information form, you may return it as you would any other piece of mail that is received at your address but does not belong to an individual currently residing there. Write “Not a Resident - Return to Sender,” or something of that nature, on the outside of the pocket envelope and return it through the mail. Upon receipt, we will remove your child from our jury list.
The form was mailed because your child is still a registered voter in this county and was randomly selected for jury service. If they wish to be removed as a registered voter for this county, please have them contact the Williams County Board of Elections Office at 419-636-1854.
As their spouse or relative, you may complete the information form for them. Please be sure to make note of their condition on the form and return it as instructed. Per Ohio Revised Code Section 2313.16 (A)(4), documentation of the condition from a licensed physician must be provided. Therefore, it is recommended that such a statement accompany the form to ensure your spouse or relative is excused from jury duty.
The form was mailed because your spouse or relative is still a registered voter in this county and was randomly selected for jury service. If you wish to have them removed as a registered voter for this county, please contact the Williams County Board of Elections Office at 419-636-1854.
Complete the information form as requested being sure to note your current address and return it as instructed so that we may correct our jury list to reflect your current address. Since you are still a resident of Williams County, you still qualify as a prospective juror.
The form was mailed to your parent’s address because your voter registration file at that address is still active. To correct your voter registration, you should contact the Williams County Board of Elections Office at 419-636-1854.
Complete the information form as requested being sure to note your current name and return it as instructed so that we may correct our jury list to reflect your new name. This does not disqualify you as a prospective juror as long as you still reside within Williams County.
The form was mailed to you with your old name because your voter registration file under that name is still active. To correct your voter registration, you should contact the Williams County Board of Elections Office at 419-636-1854.
The primary purpose of any revaluation program is to provide equalization between all property owners as well as between all classes of property. Ohio law requires revaluation to be completed every six years for all real property in the County. The program is not intended to increase revenue, but only to equalize values as each property is compared to all others.
Since ad valorem taxes are based on value, it is imperative to have all property valued periodically on a uniform basis, using a modern system of valuation. Since market value appraisals become the foundation for assessments, equalized values create equalized and uniform taxes. Equalization also creates a more healthful tax climate in the community with the assurance that each taxpayer is paying only his fair share.
In the first phase, data collectors - who are not appraisers - verify and update the County property data file by making an on-site visit to your property. At a later stage, professional appraisers analyze the data in the field and establish the estimated fair market value (the price a willing seller would receive from a willing buyer).
First, please understand that the appraiser does not "set" value; he simply researches the values being set by buyers and sellers in the local market. He then applies his knowledge of the local real estate market and his experience, together with proven methods and procedures for analyzing comparable properties and considering the many factors affecting value. Your property should appraise at the price of comparable properties on the market, plus or minus adjustments for differing factors.
A typical program takes two years to complete, with adjusted tax bills coming out the year after completion. Generally as a result of revaluation, some shares of taxes will go up, some will go down, and some will stay the same. The differences are caused by economic trends that vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and vary also among classes of property.
The new values simply establish equalization; many other facts of assessment procedures determine the final tax bills. In Ohio, by law, assessed valuations are determined by taking 35% of the market value appraisals; then local tax rates are applied to reach each tax bill. Typically, many of these rates are adjusted after a revaluation to prevent a community-wide inflation of values from causing a large-scale inflation in tax bills.
The County Auditor will announce when the revaluation is complete and the records available for public inspection. If, at that time, you feel that your appraised value is more than what your property would sell for, you have available a number of steps in an administrative appeal process (without spending money or going to court). There are informal hearings with the appraisers, formal appeals with the County Board of Revision, and with the State Board of Tax Appeals.
If these fail, the case could still be taken to court. However, the law requires that you pay as billed, even if you appeal (you receive a refund if it is reduced). Otherwise you would be subject to late charges, even if you received a reduction.
Requests to be excused for travel should be made in writing and include your contact phone number and proof of travel (plane tickets, hotel reservations, etc.). Please fax 419-636-9886, or deliver this documentation to the Court immediately. Requests to be excused are reviewed by the Judge on a case by case basis. You are still summoned to appear until you receive a call from the Court informing you otherwise.
Requests to be excused from jury duty due to health concerns must be in writing and accompanied by documentation of your condition from a licensed physician must be provided to the Court per Ohio Revised Code Section 2313.16 (A)(4). Please fax 419-636-9886, or deliver this documentation to the Court immediately. Be sure to include your contact phone number in your request to be excused. Upon receipt, your request will be forwarded to the Judge for consideration. You are still summoned to appear until you receive a call from the Court informing you otherwise.
Please be aware that you are protected by Ohio Revised Code 2313.18, which prohibits an employer from discharging or threatening to discharge any permanent employee summoned to serve as a juror if that employee gives reasonable notice of their summons prior to being absent from work for service as a juror. It also states “Whoever violates…shall be punished as for a contempt of court.”
You should speak with your employer about being selected for jury service. Many of the organizations, companies and small businesses in this county are very supportive of their employees participating in this civic duty.
If summoned as a petit juror, jury trials in the Williams County Court of Common Pleas can last from one to five days, and sometimes longer on very rare occasions. In general, most trials are scheduled for two days. You are compensated by the court $40 per day ($20 per half day) for your services as a juror. You can expect to receive your payment via mail in the form of a check no later than three weeks from the conclusion date of the trial.
If summoned as a grand juror, you will meet once a month for four consecutive months. You are compensated by the court $20 per half day for your services as a juror. You can expect to receive your payment via mail in the form of a check no later than three weeks from the conclusion date of service.
Please talk with your employer about being selected as a juror. Many of the organizations, companies and small businesses in this county are very supportive of their employees participating in this civic duty and already have policies in place regarding their employees serving as jurors.
If after speaking with your employer regarding their policies; taking into account the monetary compensation you will receive from the court; and keeping in mind the knowledge you will gain of our legal system as well as the feeling of having fulfilled a civic duty after having served as a juror, you feel that a severe financial hardship would result in serving as a juror, you must request to be excused from jury service in written form. Please compose a letter addressed to Judge Stelzer stating fully the reasons you feel serving as a juror will result in a severe financial hardship. Please fax 419-636-9886, or deliver this documentation to the Court immediately. Upon receipt, your letter will be forwarded to the Judge for consideration. You are still summoned to appear until you receive a call from the Court informing you otherwise.
If you have been released from your parole or probation with all of your rights restored, yes, you are eligible to serve as a juror.
If you have not been released with rights restored, you are not eligible to serve as a juror. Please contact the Court and your name will be removed from the eligible list of jurors from the term in which you were selected.
If the appointment is routine and easily rescheduled, please do so. Otherwise, Please fax 419-636-9886, or deliver a written request to be excused to the Court immediately. Upon receipt, your letter will be forwarded to the Judge for consideration. You are still summoned to appear until you receive a call from the Court informing you otherwise.
You may contact Amy Kimpel, Assignment/Jury Commissioner, Williams County Common Pleas Court, 419-636-2644 or email Amy Kimpel. Office hours are Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., excluding observed holidays.
Call 419-636-1850 or visit the Auditor’s Real Estate Search.
Taxes for the calendar year are due February 15 and July 20.
You need to obtain a duplicate tax bill. Call 419-636-1850 for more information.
Yes, make checks payable to Williams County Treasurer.
Yes, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with the entire bill and your payment.
Call 419-636-1850 or go to Auditor’s Real Estate Search Page.
See the Tax-Rates-TaxYear-2020 for helpful information.
Yes, we will apply your funds to the parcel indicated on your form of payment. Funds will be applied as surplus until tax bills are invoiced, the amount in surplus will be applied to tax amount owed.
We accept credit card payments through Point and Pay. The taxpayer makes these payments by telephone, Internet or in-office with a fee being charged to the taxpayer.
Yes, call 419-636-1850 and ask for an automatic payment contract. You can do this annually or semi-annually. Funds will be withdrawn on the due date, no exceptions.
Please mail the address change including your name as it appears on your tax bill and your parcel number to:Williams County Treasurer100 S. Main StreetSuite HBryan, OH 43506
Call 419-636-1850 or see the Real Estate Tax information on the Tax Collections Page.
Yes, you will need to file a penalty remission form with the Treasurer. Call 419-636-1850 for additional information.
You have the right to file a complaint with the Board of Revision by March 31st. Complaints are handled through the Auditor's Office.
You should contact the Treasurer's Office immediately. A payment program is available for you. Taxes that are two or more years delinquent will be certified to the Prosecutor for Tax Foreclosure.
See the Tax-Rates-Tax-Year-2020 for helpful information.
Two factors establish the amount of taxes you pay:
For additional help please view the Calculating Taxes Page.
The Tax Rate Sheet (PDF) will give the breakdown on how the money collected is distributed. Below is a sample tax bill for the 1st half taxes of tax year 2013.
According to the tax rate sheet for tax year 2013, the rates for Millcreek Twp-Millcreek School are as follows:
County - 10.70Library - 1School District - 58.80Township - 3.90Vocational School - 3.20 =
Real Estate Net Taxes Total Gross Rate 77.60
We have provided an Real Estate Example Tax Bill (PDF) to see how much each organization gets.
Ohio Revised Code Section l69 states that property becomes unclaimed when, over a period of years, the owner cannot be located by the holder of the Funds. The time frame varies depending on the property, but in most cases it's five years. The funds are then turned over to the state for safekeeping.
The Division of Unclaimed Funds annually publishes the names of unclaimed fund users in newspapers in all of Ohio's 88 counties. The Division actively seeks to find unclaimed fund owners by giving individuals an opportunity to check their names at the state and county fairs, shopping malls and other events. In addition, various activities are planned to let people know they may have funds waiting for them. An owner then writes to Unclaimed Funds giving their full name and address. The Division will check the name against the owner list. If they are listed they are sent a claim form.
No, the funds are held until the rightful owners claim them.
For more information visit the Ohio Department of Commerce.
Or Write to:
State of Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Unclaimed Funds
77 S High Street
Columbus, OH 43264-0545
Yes, if you are a resident of Williams County for last three months please review the Financial Assistance page for a list of required documents and contact the office for an appointment. Please let us know immediately if you have a shut off notice or a legal eviction notice.
Yes, if the minor children meet the three months residency requirement. Please review the Financial Assistance page for a list of required documents. In this case you must have a copy of the legal guardianship and copies of the birth certificate of the minor child/children, as well as, the other listed documents. Contact our office for an appointment. Please let us know immediately if you have a shut off notice or a legal eviction notice.
If discharge was recorded at the Williams County Recorder’s Office please call 419-636-3259 to confirm and then it is available to the veteran at no charge. Their office is in the Williams County Courthouse on the 2nd floor. If recorded in another county or state, contact our office for assistance in contacting the correct office.
If the Veteran applied for the Ohio W.W.II, Korean, or Vietnam Bonus – our office is able to obtain a copy of the discharge from the ODVS. If none of the above occurred, then the document must be obtained from the National Personnel Records Center. Our office can assist with that application.
Our office can assist you in enrolling in the VA Health Care System. Most veterans in this area enroll at Ft. Wayne or Toledo. Please review the Medical Care page on this website for additional information.
Since the Department of Veterans Affairs is not providing the funding, you need to contact a mortgage company or bank officer for the actual loan. Tell them that you want to use a VA Home Loan and they can access your Certificate of Eligibility online.
A full continuum of health care, including comprehensive primary care (care for acute and chronic illness and gender-specific care) are available.
A non-service connected pension can be filed if all qualifications exist to help both veterans and their unremarried surviving spouses pay for nursing home or assisted living fees. If on Medicaid, they would qualify for $90 protected personal needs money from the VA. Please review the page for Nursing Home/Assisted Living and contact our office for an appointment to file the claim.
MIRF is funded in two ways:
You can access the application online. Applications are also available at your county's Veterans Service Office or our office. Call 1-888-296-7541, option 5 for more information.
The following kinds of injuries qualify you:
The following documents are required:
Applications submitted without these documents will be returned to the applicant. Appeals for the award of the Purple Heart may be made through the service member's respective branch of the Armed Forces.