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Montgomery County Auditor

Karl Keith speaking at the 2019 annual Auditor's Update at Sinclair College.
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In his annual report delivered to more than 70 local government officials on Friday, Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith called 2019 a “mixed bag” of financial news. Keith struck an optimistic tone despite the negative impact of the May tornadoes on some county property values.

The auditor told the gathering this year’s tax revenue losses of $1.7 million in tornado affected neighborhoods were offset somewhat by improved property values and increased real estate development overall.

National Weather Service Storm Paths
National Weather Service/Montgomery County Auditor

More than 4,400 Montgomery County properties were damaged in the Memorial Day tornadoes. This is one of the takeaways from a comprehensive new damage survey released Thursday. The survey offers the most up-to-date look at the extent of property damage left by the storm across Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith says for the past few weeks his office has been working hard to get an accurate, up-to-date look at how extensive the property damage was from the storms in late May.

Debris is strewn for miles in Celina. The Tornado ripped through numerous streets and cul-de-sacs, and damage is still being accessed by the local government and the Red Cross.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Thousands of property owners affected by the Memorial Day tornado disaster could be eligible for a break on their 2020 tax bills. Greene, Mercer and Montgomery County officials are urging people with storm-damaged property to apply for help under a state tax-relief program.

Emergency officials are still working to assess the economic impact of the storm.

Preliminary estimates show at least 3,500 homes and businesses were damaged across Mercer, Greene and Montgomery Counties.

Dayton real-estate broker Veronica Bedell-Nevels.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A decade after the Great Recession and foreclosure crisis affected millions of Americans, homeownership remains a major way many people hope to build a nest egg and save for retirement.

But, new numbers from the National Association of Real Estate Brokers show the homeownership gap between whites and blacks is growing bigger. Whites are much more likely to own a home than African Americans in cities across the country.

Democrats Prevail in Montgomery County Local Races

Nov 7, 2018
Columbia City Blog

Democrats will keep their hold on the Montgomery County Commission as Carolyn Rice bested Republican Challenger Doug Barry. Rice won with 53% of the vote. Democrats have controlled the county commission for more than a dozen years.

Democrats also prevailed in other Montgomery County races. In the county recorder’s race, incumbent candidate Brandon McClain beat Republican candidate Adil Baguirov by 10 points. And in the race for Montgomery County auditor, Democrat Karl Keith won 58% of the vote against Republican challenger Harry Bossey.