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5/9/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Property tax reduction deadlines approaching

GREATER AKRON — The deadline to file an application for the Homestead Exemption and the 2.5 percent tax reduction for owner-occupied housing for this year is June 3, according to the Summit County Fiscal Office.

Applications are available at the Fiscal Office, located in the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St. in Downtown Akron. Property owners interested in the program also can pick up an application and speak to a representative of the office May 20-30 at one of several outreach events scheduled.

Fiscal Office staff will be at these sites from 8 to 11 a.m.:

  • Chapel Hill Mall, 200 Brittain Road, Akron, May 20;
  • Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn, May 21;
  • Summa Wellness Institute, 5625 Hudson Drive, Hudson, May 22;
  • Macedonia Family Recreation Center, 1494 E. Aurora Road, Macedonia, May 23;
  • Lake Anna YMCA, 500 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, May 24;
  • Akron General Health and Wellness Center — Green, 1940 Town Park Blvd., May 28;
  • Akron General Health and Wellness Center — West, 4125 Medina Road, Bath, May 29; and
  • Akron General Health and Wellness Center — North, 4300 Allen Road, Stow, May 30

Homeowners who are at least 65 years old or are permanently and totally disabled are eligible for the Homestead Exemption. To apply, applicants must have a copy of their state-issued driver’s license or identification card with their current address. Applicants also must own and occupy their home as a principal place of residence as of Jan. 1 of the year filed. Eligible applicants will receive an exemption from their property taxes on the first $25,000 of appraised value.

The supplemental rollback is a tax reduction for owner-occupied residential property. The applicant must own the home as of Jan. 1 in the tax year in which he or she applied.

For details, call the Fiscal Office at 330-643-2661 or go to www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net. Applications must be in the office by 4 p.m. June 3.


Medina auditor warning property owners about scam

MEDINA — Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack is warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with obtaining deeds and other public records for a fee.

According to Kovack’s office, a company in Ohio has mailed letters to area residents saying they are recommending property owners obtain copies of their grant deeds and complete property profiles. Area residents should be aware the mailer is misleading because it appears to be a bill with a due date, even though it states in smaller print the mailing is not a bill, notes Kovack’s office. The company also may be targeting parcels under the Homestead Exemption Program that have recently been transferred, according to Kovack’s office, and similar mailings have been reported in other counties.

The mailings offer to provide copies of deed and property record information for around $80 or $90, but this information can be acquired at little or no charge from the county Recorder’s and Auditor’s offices, notes Kovack’s office. The only things listed in the mailing that are not normally included in the deed or property record card are comparable values of the property address. Property owners can do the research on their own from sales records by going to www.medinacountyauditor.org and clicking on “Property Srch” on the tab at the top of the page.

For more information, call the Medina County Auditor’s Office at 330-725-9754.


Kathleen Folkerth and Ariel Hakim contributed to these reports.

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