Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE has announced that her office has scheduled community outreach sessions throughout the county this fall to provide essential information to homeowners regarding changes that may affect eligibility status concerning Homestead Exemption.
"Due to the recent passage of the state of Ohio Biennial Budget (House Bill 59), beginning with tax year 2014, new participants will once again be subject to means testing," said Fiscal Officer Scalise. "My office will host more than 15 outreach sessions throughout Summit County with the intent to inform homeowners of the new provisions in the law. I would like to encourage all eligible homeowners to visit one of our sessions so my office may assist you in securing the Homestead Exemption."
Homestead Exemption is available to homeowners who are 65 years or older, or totally disabled under the age of 65. Under the exemption, property is taxed at $25,000 less than its appraised value. This amounts to a savings of approximately $400 to $600 per year, depending on your taxing district. To qualify, you must be the owner of the home or manufactured home and it must be your primary residence on January 1 for the tax year you apply. Applicants may apply for Homestead Exemption in the year they turn 65 as long as they own and occupy the house as of January 1 of the year they file.
Currently, Homestead Exemption has no income restrictions. However, due to the passage of the State of Ohio's recent House Bill 59, new applicants will be subject to a means test beginning January 1, 2014. Eligible applicants will be restricted to a total income of $30,000 or less per year, which includes the Ohio adjusted gross income of the owner and the owner's spouse. Changes associated with House Bill 59 will not affect homeowners who are currently enrolled in Homestead Exemption, or eligible applicants for 2013 who submit their application before Monday, June 2, 2014.
The Summit County Fiscal Office will have staff on-hand at the following locations:
Monday, October 14 @ 8 am - 1 pm: Acme No. 1, 1835 W. Market St., Akron and Acme No. 2, 2420 Wedgewood Rd., Akron
· Tuesday, October 15 @ 8 am - 1 pm: Acme No. 4, 116 W. Streetsboro Road, Hudson and Acme No. 17, 4445 Kent Road, Stow
· Wednesday, October 16 @ 8 am - 1 pm: Acme No. 10, 2226 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls and Acme No. 11, 600 South Ave., Tallmadge
· Thursday, October 17 @ 8 am - 1 pm: Acme No. 6, 3200 Greenwich Road, Norton and Acme No. 14, 3235 Manchester Road, Akron
· Friday, October 18 @ 8 am - 1 pm: Chapel Hill Mall, 2000 Brittain Road, Akron and Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn
· Saturday, October 19@ 8 am - 1 pm: Chapel Hill Mall, 2000 Brittain Road, Akron and Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn
· Monday, October 21 @ 10 am - 2 pm: Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library, 3103 Smith Road, Fairlawn (veteran identification card also available)
· Tuesday, October 22 @ 10 am - 2 pm: Richfield Branch Library, 3761 S. Grant St., Richfield (veteran identification card also available)
· Wednesday, October 23 @ 10 am - 2 pm: Lehner Community Center, 35 S. River Road, Munroe Falls (veteran identification card also available)
· Thursday, October 24 @ 10 am - 2 pm: Odom Blvd. Branch Library, 600 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron (veteran identification card also available)
· Friday, October 25 @ 10 am - 2 pm: Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Road, Mogadore (veteran identification card also available)
· Monday, November 4 @ 10 am - 2 pm: Springfield Community/Senior Center, 2491 Canfield Road, Akron (veteran identification card also available)
The Fiscal Office will also issue the new veteran identification card during appearances at the branch libraries, Lehner Community Center in Munroe Falls, and Springfield Community/Senior Center. This card serves as an alternative to the armed forces discharge record, referred to as Form DD 214. To get the card, veterans must present their DD 214 and two forms of identification. To view a list of acceptable identification, visit FiscalOffice.summitoh.net and click the 'Veterans' box in the top menu.
Applicants for Homestead Exemption are required to provide proof of age and current residency by submitting photo identification, such as an Ohio driver's license or state identification card. They should come prepared to present their identification when filing an application in-person. For more information about Homestead Exemption, please visit the Fiscal Office's website at FiscalOffice.summitoh.net or call (330) 643-2661.