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Seniors, disabled homeowners now qualify for reduced taxes



Published: Tue, July 3, 2007 @ 12:00 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino wants to remind property owners that the Ohio Legislature has expanded the Homestead Exemption program, a reduction in property taxes, for all senior citizens and permanently disabled homeowners.

Every senior citizen or permanently disabled homeowner will receive an exemption of $25,000 on the appraised value of their home from property taxes on a single-family residence, regardless of income. The income limits under the former program have been eliminated.

The new law went into effect Sunday. Enrollment dates for new applicants who were previously not eligible began Monday and continue to Oct. 1.

Applicants can apply for Homestead Exemption in the year they turn 65 as long as they own and occupy the house as of Jan. 1 of the year they file.

Homeowners who are currently receiving the reduction will automatically be included in the expanded program and do not need to contact the auditor’s office.

The requirements under the new program for proof of age include a photocopy of picture ID such as a driver’s license, Ohio identification card or a current or expired passport. For more information, call the auditor’s office at (330) 740-2010.

Applications will be available on our Web site at www.mahoningcountyauditor.org. A list of various locations throughout the county where applications will be available is forthcoming, officials said.


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