Tax Data Series

Real Property

Real Estate Taxes:
Real Property Conveyance (Transfer) Fees:
Amounts Collected, by County, Calendar Year 1987

Ohio Revised Code Section 319.54(F)(3) establishes a mandatory transfer fee on the conveyance of real property. The fee is one dollar per thousand dollars of value of real property transferred. In addition, Ohio Revised Code Section 322.02 allows the board of county commissioners of each county to levy a permissive real property transfer fee of up to three dollars per thousand dollars of value of real property transferred. In simple terms, both the mandatory fee and the permissive county fee (a maximum of 4 mills) apply to the selling price of real estate at the time of sale. The revenue from both the mandatory fee and the permissive fee is deposited in the general fund of the county--none of the revenue goes to the state.

County auditors reported total collections of $37,530,872 ($17,230,378 mandatory fees and $20,300,493 from the permissive fees) during 1987 on real property conveyances. The number of conveyances by county on which the mandatory transfer fees were collected ranged from 305 in Monroe County to 27,380 in Cuyahoga County. The total mandatory transfer fees collected by each county ranged from $5,695 in Vinton County to $2,424,326 in Cuyahoga County. The average mandatory transfer fee collected by each county ranged from $18.04 in Harrison County to $101.93 in Hamilton County, with a statewide average of $64.20. For those counties having a permissive real property transfer fee in effect in 1987, the total collected (both mandatory fee and permissive fee) ranged from $29,133 in Harrison County to $9,697,305 in Cuyahoga County.

Ohio Revised Code Section 319.54(F)(3) exempts certain conveyances from the mandatory transfer fee. During 1987, a total of 169,542 (38.7 percent of the total) transfer fee statements filed with the county auditors were exempted from the fee. The lowest percentage exempted was in Mercer County with 26.5 percent exempted. Belmont County, with 56.3 percent had the highest percentage exempted.

Table PC-1 shows the revenues collected by each county from both the mandatory transfer fee and the permissive real property transfer fee. The data presented in the table were compiled from a survey of county auditors conducted by the Ohio Department of Taxation.