Weather-damaged properties could be eligible for tax relief

| March 13, 2018

COSHOCTON – If you are the owner of a home or business that has been damaged by recent flooding or storms, you may be eligible to receive a reduction on your annual real estate tax bill.

Coshocton County Auditor Chris Sycks confirmed that state law authorizes county auditors to reduce real estate values for properties that have been damaged or destroyed. A substantial reduction in property value may result in lower real estate taxes for the property until it has been essentially restored to its prior condition or value.

Property value reductions can be applied to structures taxed on tax bills for either real estate or manufactured homes.  Personal property such as furniture and other personal belongings that have been destroyed are not included.

“We would like to hear from citizens who have suffered structural damage to their property,” said Sycks, “so that we may update our information and allow them to take advantage of tax relief.”

The application deadline for damage occurring since January 2018 is December 31, 2018 for real estate and January 31, 2019 for manufactured homes taxed apart from land.

Applications for a property value reduction and additional information are available on the County Auditor’s web site at: http://www.coshoctoncounty.net/auditor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/10/DTE-49-Application-For-Tax-Refund-or-Waiver-For-Destroyed-or-Damaged-Manufactured-Homes-fill-in.pdf for Manufactured homes and http://www.coshoctoncounty.net/auditor/destruction/ for real estate.

Property owners can also get additional information by calling the Coshocton County Auditor’s Office at (740) 622-1243 or emailing auditor@coshoctoncounty.net

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