This course will cover the essentials of property tax valuation, the 2017 triennial sales update, valuation of agricultural property, inside millage, outside millage, different levy types, estimating revenue, rollbacks and trends. The course will provide essential information about property values and taxation and how school business officials interact with a county auditor’s office. Statement of Accreditation Rationale: Understanding the valuation process, different types of levies and millage is very important for every school business official. As values, laws and trends change it is important to keep up with the latest information. Understanding all the tools and resources available in the county auditor’s office is very important.
Karl L. Keith was appointed Montgomery County Auditor in December 2000 and elected to full four-year terms in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Mr. Keith began his career as a state examiner in the county/township audits division for the Ohio Auditor of State. He subsequently served eight years in the Montgomery County Treasurer’s Office first as fiscal systems analyst and later as assistant treasurer for cash management. He was appointed chief deputy auditor in 1991, a position he held for over nine years prior to his appointment as auditor. A Certified Cash Manager, Mr. Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ashland College and a master’s degree in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2002, he earned the Ohio Financial Accountability Certification from the State of Ohio, and he completed the Community Land Reform Initiatives Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2009. Mr. Keith is the past president of the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio and was the recipient of the Association’s Richard J. Makowski Award as the Outstanding County Auditor for 2012. He is a member of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center Advisory Board and previously served as the president of the Ashland University Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 2016, he received the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Karl, his wife, Doris, and their dog, Winston, reside in the City of Dayton.