Summit County to offer real estate tax relief to May storm victims

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Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise has announced that real estate tax relief will be available to property owners who have sustained damage in the wake of the recent storm.

Scalise's office is taking the necessary steps to provide property owners the ability to file an Application for Valuation Deduction for Destroyed or Damaged Property (Form DTE 26).

Form DTE 26 can be downloaded. Visit http://FiscalOffice.summitoh.net and click on the link titled "Damaged Property" listed in the "Real Estate and Appraisal" column. Mail the completed form to the Fiscal Office at 175 S. Main Street, Room 304, Akron OH 44308.Call 330-643-2704 to request a form in the mail.

For property damaged by the storm, the filing deadline is Dec. 31, 2014. Scalise has stressed the importance of filing this application as soon as possible. Any deduction from value will affect the tax bills mailed in January 2015.

The amount of the deduction equals a percentage of the reduction in value caused by the damage. That percentage is determined by the calendar quarter in which the damage occurred; the reduction will be 75 percent in value of the destroyed portion.

Example: Your property is appraised for $100,000 by the Fiscal Office. Your insurance company indicates you sustained $10,000 damage to your property due to the recent storms. Since the storms occurred in May, you are entitled to a 75% reduction of the damage amount. Therefore, your property will be appraised at $95,000 for tax year 2014.

$100,000 - Original appraised value for tax year 2014

$ 7500 - 75% reduction of the $10,000 damage

$ 92,500 - New appraised value for tax year 2014

The reduction will be for tax year 2014, collection year 2015.

Once the application is filed, the Appraisal Department will make the necessary inspections to determine the amount of damage. Damage to trees, landscaping and fencing, as well as personal items is excluded on residential properties. The Fiscal Office tracks the repairs based on the applications received and building permits that have been filed from all the townships and cities affected by the storms.

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