The Butler County Board of Revision — which is an independent board under the county auditor’s office — approved property value reductions for both, first a $14 million reduction this summer and another $15 million drop was approved Tuesday due to COVID. The center claimed sales were down 12% from January through September 2020 so the board approved a 12% value reduction.

Mike Stein, tax accounting manager for the county auditor’s office, said with a new retail portion value of $109 million, Liberty Center will save about $623,502 in taxes with the reduction. Liberty Center wanted the value dropped to $65 million which would produce a $931,174 tax savings. Officials expect Apollo to appeal the partial reduction to the Board of Tax Appeals. They have already appealed the BoR decision to the appeals board.

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