The Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs is putting out the warning about unsolicited mail offering to help you lower your property taxes.
"These are solicitations that you receive in the mail that promise that 'we can lower your taxes for you - it's only going to cost you a small fee'," office director Cynthia Sich tells AkronNewsNow.com. "But why pay for something that you can do on your own?"
Sich says that you can file a complaint about your property value - for free - with the Summit County Fiscal Office's Board of Revision.
"You contact the Summit County Fiscal Office's Board of Revision, you can call them (330-643-2631) or go online," Sich says, "and you can fill out the complaint form yourself. It's a very simple form to fill out and it doesn't cost you anything."
She says that with first half property taxes due on February 15th, it's the season for such offers.
"A lot of times it's tax season, so this is the time a lot of the solicitations will come out," Sich tells AkronNewsNow.com.
Sich also says that unsolicited mail will offer to get you a certified property deed for $50. The actual cost from the county is one-tenth that amount, $5.