Thursday, May 05, 2011

BUTLER COUNTY: Auditor Reynolds Reminds County Residents of June 6 Homestead Application Deadline

Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds
Hamilton, OH --  Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds is reminding residents that the deadline for applying for a homestead exemption on their property taxes will be Monday, June 6. As stated in the Homestead Exemption Act, the deadline for applying is always the end of the business day of the first Monday in June.

The homestead exemption provides a reduction in property taxes to any senior (65 or older) or disabled citizen, regardless of income. The exemption can only be used on the individual’s primary residence. The yearly savings ranges in amount from approximately $300 to $500, depending on the tax millage in each district.

To apply, a resident simply completes the application form (DTE 105A) then files it with the Butler County Auditor’s Office. Those requesting the exemption based on disability should also complete Form DTE 105E and attach it to Form 105A. The forms are available at the Butler County Auditor’s Office or on the Auditor’s website. A photo copy of a picture ID for proof of age is required.

Eligible residents who currently receive the homestead exemption and still live in the same residence where they qualified need not reapply.

“The homestead exemption provides some welcome tax relief to qualified seniors and permanently and totally disabled Ohio residents,” stated Auditor Reynolds. “I encourage all eligible residents to complete the necessary forms.”

Before ’07, most senior and disabled Ohioans were excluded from the homestead exemption because of income. Now, eligible homeowners, regardless of income, have the opportunity to shield up to $25,000 of the market value of their homestead from property taxation.

The Butler County Auditor’s Office is located at 130 High St. in Hamilton. The form can be downloaded on the website and mailed to the office. The website address is: