Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
September 4,  2019


Your auditors office has just finished up the
2019 State Mandated Reappraisal
and, yes, values are going up.  The average increase across the county is about 12.5% for residential properties with the cities averaging in the 15% range.  Every property owner will be mailed a postcard with their old and new property values over the next month with more information.

As you review your property values, please keep in mind - we aren't able to tell you what your taxes are going to be next year.

We won't receive the new tax rates from the state until late December.  Please keep in mind, as property values go up due to state mandated reappraisals, the tax rates goes down, or are rolled back.  As a very general estimate, taxes go up about 2.5% for every 10% increase in value.  This doesn't take into effect any new levies or a number of other factors, but it normally is much less than what people are anticipating.

Should you have questions about the reappraisal or your specific value, the easiest way to have these addressed is by contacting us online.  Otherwise, you can call us toll free at 844-722-3800, extension 9754.  You can also stop in at our offices in Medina anytime between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Lastly, you can attend an informal hearing.  PLEASE BE ADVISED you may have long wait times at informal hearings.  We would strongly advise you to take advantage of the other ways of making your concerns known.  Thank you for your patience!
Hope you have a great week!

Mike Kovack
"Fall has always been my favorite season. 
The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year 
for the grand finale."
Lauren DeStefano, Wither

Walk Into History - Spirits of the Past   
Discover Medina's vibrant history through this guided walk around Medina's Historic Square.  The Walk will begin at the County Administration Building, 144 North Broadway Street in Medina, Thursday, September 5, 7:00 to 8:30pm, Friday, September 6, 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, September 7, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Dine with the Spirits, Sunday, September 8 4:00 pm will begin Miss Molly's Tea Room, 140 West Washington Street in Medina. INFO 
Hot Diggity Dog-It's a Dog Gone Cookout 
Come out for an evening of grilling and games! Buckeye's Mission is holding their annual fundraiser benefiting their dog rescue on Saturday, September 7, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Eagels Pavilion, 349 Pearl Road, Brunswick. INFO.
Tunnel to Towers 5k Run & Walk  
Join this annual 5k run and walk on Sunday, September 8, 8:00 am at Medina Public Square. This event supports the programs of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, honoring the memory of those who died on 9/11/01 and those who have died since due to related illnesses. INFO  
Rainbow Bridge Walk 
Come pay tribute to the life and memory of your pet at Buckeye Woods Park on Sunday, September 15 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Join us in the remembrance activities, memorial service,  tribute walk and refreshments. Bring your current pet on a non-retractable leash to take part in the pet blessing.  For more info, to submit a tribute and pre-register, visit WALK.   
Weymouth Day 
47th annual community-wide lawn sale on Saturday, September 21 at 9:00 am. Stop at the historic 1925 Weymouth School at 3314 Myers Road to see current exhibit, watch local crafters at work, and enjoy a rooter float.  Vendors selling food, fresh fruits and vegetables, lemonade, etc.  Rain or shine. INFO.  
Other Events & Happenings 
Thursday, September 5 
Join Access the Arts for Caribbean Night, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Blue Heron Event Center, 3227 Blue Heron Trace in Medina. Info:  Purchase tickets at  
Saturday, September 7   
HMC Hospice of Medina County is hosting a series of volunteer classes, 5075 Windfall Road, Medina, 9:00 am. Pre-registration is required. Info: Register at 216-255-9090.  
A carnival themed Free Community Shred Day will take place at 544 Pearl Road in Brunswick, 10:00 am. More Info. 
Sunday, September 8  
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach continues its concert series at Wadsworth Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth. Maiden Voyage: Jazz Standards and Improvisation featuring Canton-based saxophonist, Maxwell Byers. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. More Info.  
K-9 First Aid will be held at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth, 2:00 to 4:30 pm. More Info. 
Tuesday, September 10 
A workshop on Recognizing & Understanding the Progression of Dementia, Medina Senior Center, 246 Northland Drive, Medina, 1:30 pm registration, 2:00 to 3:00 pm workshop.
Info: Jenny Kiousis at 330-725-9177.  
Join  the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce for Bourbon and Business, Bunker Hill, 3060 Pearl Road, Medina. 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Info: or    
Thursday, September 12   
The Brunswick Girl Scout Service Unit is having an information and sign up night, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Rd. 
Info: Maggie at or  
Steel Magnolias presented by the Wadsworth Footlighters, September 12-15, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm, Concordia on Sumner, 970 Sumner Parkway, Copley. Tickets.  
Friday, September 13  
The Hands Foundation will hold a reverse raffle and Freaky Friday Sock Hop at 5:30 pm at Pearlview Rehab and Wellness Center, 4426 Homestead Drive, Brunswick. Info: 330-225-9121.
Saturday, September 14   
The Medina Needlework Guild is holding its 37th annual Needle Art Show at Brunswick Community Library, 3649 Center Road. Info: Call Linda at 330-220-6971 or Fran at 330-483-4134.
Sunday, September 15 
The 3rd annual Canine Costume Contest-Butterfly Release
at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Rd, Brunswick, 11:00 am to 12:00pm sign in. Info: Sam at 330-441-0292 or
Medina County 4-H Alumni Picnic, Letha House West, 5800 Richman Road, Spencer, 12:00 pm to 3:00pm. Info.  
Free Basic Family Genealogy Course hosted by the Spencer Historical Society at Spencer Municipal Building, 109 North Main Street, Spencer, 1:00 pm.  Info: (440) 322-7164 
Monday, September 16
BEETALK. Talking about Bees. This time, weather permitting, visit the bees at the A. I. Root Homestead, 623 W. Liberty St, Medina. Then, relax and listen and watch the events from The International Beekeeper's Meeting, 6:30 pm. Info: Kim at 330-722-2021 or
Tuesday, September 17 
Learn how to eat right on a budget with the OSU Extension Office Nutrition Classes presented by the Medina County Office for Older Adults, 9:30 am - 10:30 am. Info: Jenny at 330-723-9514 or
Wednesday, September 18  
Music at The Lodge: Steve Madewell,The Lodge at Allardale - 141 Remsen Road, Medina, 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Enjoy a relaxing evening in the park with free, live musical entertainment. Info: Nancy at 330-335-1513 or 
Friday, September 20 
ParTake Kitchen ribbon cutting and Grand Opening , 236-A North State Rd, Medina. Info: Laura at 330-461-9998 or  
Dining for the Arts: Wine Tasting & Five Course Italian Dinner by Chef Bryant, Danbury Senior Living, 3430 Brunswick Lake Parkway, Brunswick, 6:00 pm.
Trekking Through Autumn offers incentives to Medina County Parks hikers  
 MEDINA, Ohio -- The Medina County Park District is offering incentives to go out into nature and experience the beauty of the fall season through its self- guided hiking program, Trekking Through Autumn.
For the past 13 years, the program has offered participants the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the season and earn awards by completing at least eight designated hikes between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30.
The program offers a choice of 13 different hiking trails in parks and nature preserves in the county. Hikers complete the walks at their own pace and on their own schedule.
Parks are open every day from 8 a.m. until dark, except for Wolf Creek Environmental Center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Read the rest of Mary Jane Brewer's story at
Parking deck construction temporarily limits spots

MEDINA - Construction will begin on the new parking deck near the south side of Medina City Hall on Tuesday, limiting parking spots in the area while the project stretches to May.
City officials said to accommodate construction the entire city hall lot, the driveway access at the east side of city hall and the northern half of the parking lot between Sully's Irish Pub and Porter's Shoe Repair will be fenced in. The areas will not be available for parking throughout the deck construction project.
There will be a few spaces on the west side of the lot between Sully's patio and Porter's that will be limited to three-hour parking for customers and short-term visitors. In addition, the entire corner lot at the southeast corner of West Liberty Street and South Elmwood Avenue will be limited to three-hour parking for the same purpose.

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Brunswick residents adjusting to new automated trash program 
BRUNSWICK - Brunswick's new automated trash program is well underway, but city officials said they are working to fix remaining issues.
"We are still having some difficulties, which we expected," said the city's Service Director Paul Barnett. "We are working through all of those."
The city has been working with Republic Services on making adjustments that were requested by residents.
"There has been some issues with getting the cans switched out," said At-large Councilman Brian Ousley. "I think they have gotten most of that worked out."
According to Barnett, about 1,100 residents requested a change. He estimated that about 600 residents asked to receive smaller carts and 500 requested to have their recycling bins removed.  
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Music in Medina County
      Medina                                            Wadsworth
            Sully's                                                                   Sonnets 
            JoJo's                                                                   Galaxy 
   High Low Winery                                                     The Sub Station 
    Thirsty Cowboy                                                     Filia Cellars Winery 
     CinDees Place  
Employment Opportunities
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Medical Billing Specialist - Medina County Health Department.  Part-time.   Apply no later than Noon, Friday, September 6.   INFO

School Bus Mechanic - Cloverleaf Local Schools.  Heavy truck experience a plus.   INFO

Teacher Aide - Looking for a fun role for just a few hours a week?  Latchkey Kids is hiring part-time Teacher Aide positions for before & after school.  Must have high school diploma.    INFO
Fire-Dex is Hiring - Individuals to make a positive impact on firefighter health & safety.  Openings include Office & Accounting Assistant, Customer Service Representative and 1st & 2nd Shift Production.  Email resume to   INFO
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