County values demolished CH residence at $97,200

To the Editor:

The Cuyahoga County Board of Revision recently valued the property at 3249 Desota Ave. at $97,200. The property had been improved with a two-family home that was demolished in the summer of 2015, after having been declared a nuisance by the city [of Cleveland Heights].

In so valuing the property, the board of revision ignored an Ohio Supreme Court decision directing the county to value the property in light of its decision that an adjacent property should be valued at $5,000. The board of revision also ignored its own appraisal of the property valuing same at $30,000.

[As the attorney] who represented the property owners at the Ohio Supreme Court, [I] brought this matter to the attention of the board of revison at its Oct. 27, 2016 meeting.

The board of revision consists of three persons appointed by County Executive Armond Budish and the Cuyahoga County Council.  Anthony T. Hairston represents Cleveland Heights on the Cuyahoga County Council.

Hopefully the board of revision will correct this error. The error raises questions about the qualifications of the members of the board of revision panel that made the Sept. 28, 2016 decision valuing the property at $97,200.

[The letter writer has been a volunteer attorney at Cleveland Heights Office on Aging since 1991.]

J. Alex Morton

J. Alex Morton
Richmond Heights

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