Geauga County Auditor Charles Walder: Double-Talk King

By: Carlo Vecky

Watch as Geauga County Auditor Charles E. Walder hides behind the triennial update and sticks it to the residents. The State of Ohio requires Geauga County to review the last three years of property sales (2017, 2018, and 2019) and to show a trend to reflect market value changes, i.e., up our taxes.

On February 6, 2020, Geauga County Auditor Charles E. Walder lent his support in favor of House Bill 438, which would protect the pocketbooks of low-income seniors and disabled veterans by improving the state’s homestead exemption law.

He said, “There is a lot that can and should be done to assist people during this pandemic, in regard to their real estate property taxes.” So far, so good.

But at the same time that he was exaggerating his concern for seniors and disabled veterans, he was calculating the 2020  triennial update year for Geauga County. Time to stick it to homeowners in Geauga real good!

So on February 6, 2020, he  talked about his concern for residents and four days later, in a Chagrin Valley Times interview, he stated: “In light of increased property values as a result of Geauga County’s 2020 triennial update, Auditor Charles Walder is calling upon taxing authorities to reduce taxes to ease the reappraisal burden on residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Reappraisl burden” means our taxes are going up. But we didn’t know that because his office couldn’t / wouldn’t send the information to homeowners, because of — you got it — Covid, the handy excuse for everyone not doing their jobs for the past year.

Walder gaslighted residents with his concern, then slammed them with the increase, all the while blaming the state.  He would have been better off keeping his mouth shut instead of pretending that he cared.

More importantly, Walder is NOT reducing HIS budget; he gave huge raises to his staff. No tax relief for the peasants — unless you work for Walder.

Walder probably had a lot to learn when he came to the job, but the one thing he did not have to learn was how to be a political, self-serving hypocrite. 

When he left Russell Twp. as the auditor, his wife, Karen, got the job. Funny how that happens! Rumor has it that she is so inept that he goes there after doing his county job and does her work. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.