2008-01-19 / News

Second chance to apply for property tax reduction

COLUMBUS - Following an overwhelming response from newly-eligible seniors and disabled Ohioans who enrolled in Ohio's expanded Homestead Tax Exemption program, Senator Tim Schaffer is encouraging eligible constituents who didn't sign up in 2007 to take advantage of a new enrollment period, which began on January 8th and runs through June 2nd.

He noted that more than 19,400 newly eligible homeowners from Fairfield,Licking, Hocking, Perry and Pickaway counties have already enrolled and are now beginning to see a reduction in their property tax bills.

Prior to these changes, eligibility was based on income. Under the new program, all homeowners age 65 and older and disabled Ohioans may enroll. As a result, they will pay no property taxes on the first $25,000 of their homes' values, saving the typical household approximately $400 per year, according to figures from the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Rising property taxes should not force those who live on fixed incomes out of the homes and communities they love, Schaffer said. So many seniors and disabled Ohioans have and will continue to benefit from this tax relief, but when it comes to the 31st Senate District, I am pushing for 100 percent participation amongst all those eligible.

Schaffer noted that applications are quick and easy to complete and readily available at all county auditors' offices.Currently-enrolled homeowners do not need to reapply, and those who were eligible, but missed the previous enrollment period, can still see a savings on their 2007 property tax bills by checking the late application for the prior year box, which appears at the top of the form. All applications must be turned into county auditors' officesno later than June 2nd.

For more information, area homeowners may contact their local county auditor's office at the numbers listed below: FairfieldCounty: 740-687-7025 Licking County: 740-670-5040 Perry County: 740-342-2074

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