July 3, 2007
Linda L. Fraley, Clermont County Auditor
For Immediate Release
Clermont County Auditor Linda Fraley has announced that with the passage of House Bill 119, the State Legislature has expanded the Homestead Exemption Program, a property tax reduction program, 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 their income. The income limits under the former program have been eliminated.
The new law became effective July 1, 2007. The enrollment date for new applicants who were previously not eligible has been extended to October 1, 2007. Applicants can apply for Homestead Exemption in the year they turn 65 as long as they own and occupy their house as of January 1 of the year they file.
Homeowners who are currently receiving the Homestead reduction will automatically be included in the expanded program and do not need to contact the Auditor's office.
Although not required, proof of age in the form of a photocopy of a picture ID, such as a driver's license, State of Ohio ID card or a current or expired passport may be submitted to expedite the application process.
Applications are available on our Web site at www.clermontauditor.org or at the Auditor's office located at 101 E. Main Street, Batavia. If a telephone call is more convenient, you may call the Auditor's Office at (513) 732-7150. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.