INCREASED HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR SPOUSES OF FALLEN FIRST RESPONDERS

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Akron, Ohio, February 18, 2021 – Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE would like to announce the passage of House Bill 17, which allows an increased homestead exemption for a spouse of a fallen first responder who passes away in the line of duty. The new law went into effect on January 15, 2021.

For those spouses of fallen first responders, the legislation exempts $50,000 of the home’s appraised value or cost from property taxation or the manufactured home tax. Additionally, the bill exempts that spouse from the income means test, currently

$33,600 in Ohio modified adjusted gross income.

The $50,000 homestead exemption is an increase as current law only carries an exemption of $25,000.

Additionally, as with the existing homestead exemption, local taxing units would be reimbursed by the state for the reduction in property tax revenue that results from the bill’s extended exemption.

“I am very pleased that my office is able to offer financial relief to the spouses of fallen first responders,” said Fiscal Officer Scalise. “Our first responders and their families make incredible sacrifices every day to protect us. I honor all of the courageous heroes of our community and their families, and I am proud to offer this legislation in Summit County.”

For more information about homestead exemption, visit https://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/homestead-exemption, or call 330-643- 2661 or 330-643-2675.

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