Thursday, May 26, 2011

BUTLER COUNTY: Auditor May Reduce Taxable Value of Damaged Property Brought on by Storms

Valuation Deduction Forms Available to Citizens on Auditor’s Website

HAMILTON, OHIO – As a result of the recent series of storms that brought strong winds and high water to parts of Butler County, County Auditor Roger Reynolds reminds property owners that they may claim a reduction in the taxable value of their property that has been destroyed or damaged. This reduction does not apply to damage to personal property such as furniture or appliances.

Last night, the latest storms appeared to take their strongest toll on Liberty Township, Fairfield and Middletown. Some homes and businesses received substantial damage.

Ohio law enables property owners to claim the reduction at any time, regardless of the cause of the damage. The amount of reduction is prorated based on the calendar quarter in which the damage occurs. Property owners must file an application with the county Auditor’s Office for a reduction no later than Dec. 31 in the year that the damage occurred. Refunds or credits may be available.

Auditor Reynolds noted, “With the heavy storms that caused flood damage and wind damage recently, the residents of Butler County need to be mindful of the relief that this law provides. This law provides tax relief to those homeowners who suffered property damage. The amount of tax relief will depend upon the extent of the damage.”

Property owners should take pictures of the damage and file them with the Application for Valuation Deduction for Destroyed or Damaged Real Property (DTE 26).

Those interested in seeking a reduction may download DTE 26 form by going to the bottom of the Auditor’s home Internet page at or by contacting the Auditor’s Real Estate Department at (513) 887-3154.