Seneca County Auditor Julie A. Adkins encourages qualified homeowners to submit homestead applications for next year. The filing deadline for this application period ends June 6.
The homestead exemption is to allow homeowners at least 65 years of age or totally and permanently disabled to withhold a maximum of $25,000 of the market value of their home from property taxes.
To be eligible, residents must own the property and consider it their primary residence. Owners of manufactured homes also are eligible for the exemption. The law allows for only one exemption per owner or home.
Property owners who met the qualifications last year and missed the 2010-filing deadline still may file a late application for tax year 2010. Once the late application is processed and approved, a refund check is to be issued for the exemption. The refund is to be issued after State of Ohio approval in the fall.
Forms only need be returned if there has been a change in ownership, disability status, change in primary residence or death of applicant.
Residents receiving the Homestead reduction on their 2010 tax bill, need not reapply.
"Many Seneca County citizens have taken advantage of this program already," Adkins said in a news release."
The Homestead Exemption application is available online at www.senecacountyauditor.org or can be mailed per request by contacting the office at (419) 447-0692.