Auditor Keith releases results of tornado damage survey

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Auditor Survey (Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith released the results of “the most comprehensive aerial survey” of Montgomery County tornado-damaged properties on Thursday.

The results were announced at the Montgomery County Administration Building Thursday morning by Auditor Keith. According to Keith’s office, the results outlined the extent and severity of property damage following the Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

According to the aerial survey, the area with the most damaged properties was Harrison Township, which had 1,850 parcels of land damaged out of the 4,434 total parcels damaged in Montgomery County, accounting for 42 percent of the damaged parcels.

Trotwood was the second most damaged area with 1,106 parcels of land damaged, or 25 percent of the damage in Montgomery County.

The other areas affected for the tornado outbreak include:

  • Dayton – 825 damaged parcels (19%)
  • Brookville – 212 damaged parcels (5%)
  • Butler Township – 168 damaged parcels (4%)
  • Riverside (63 parcels), Clayton (62 parcels), Englewood (54 parcels), Perry Township (49 parcels) and Vandalia (45 parcels) all had one percent of the total damage.

Of the 4,434 damaged parcels, 3,950 (89%) were residential and/or agricultural properties, 387 (9%) were commercial/industrial, and 97 (2%) were exempt.

Keith encouraged anyone affected by the tornadoes to fill out a form to reduce their property taxes. Keith says the county will share the survey with all communities in the county so that officials can adjust their budgets based on the damages.

A second phase of the survey is underway with people on the ground checking the damaged properties. The second phase is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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