Homestead Exemption Program Sign-Up Press Release

Posted January 5th, 2015 in Auditor's Office, Homestead by John Federer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Clark County Auditor

OHIO HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION PROGRAM SIGN-UP PERIOD STARTS

Applications may be filed from January 6, 2015 until JUNE 1, 2015

The Homestead Program is designed to provide tax credit to citizens who are at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled. To qualify for the program, a homeowner must:

  1. Own and occupy the home as their primary place of residence as of January 1 of the year of the application; AND
  2. Applicants must have an Adjusted Gross Income (line 3 of the Ohio Income Tax Return) of $31,500 or less if filing for the 2015 tax year and for late filers for the 2014 tax year the OHIO AGI is $30,500 or less and meet one of the requirements below:
  • Turn 65 years of age, or older, by December 31 of the year of the application; or
  • Be permanently and totally disabled as of January 1 of the year of application*NOTE* must include appropriate paperwork. or;
  • Be the surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the Homestead Exemption at the time of death and where the surviving spouse was at least 59 years old on the date of death.

 

Persons who are already on the Homestead program but moved last year may file

  • FORM 2 –DTE 105G Transferring Homestead application

 

Newly Expanded Homestead Exemption Information for Disabled Veterans

& Surviving Spouses

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION has been enhanced for military veterans who have a 100% disability rate from a service connected disability.

BILL SUMMARY:

  • H.B 85 Increases the homestead exemption amount from $25,000 to $50,000 to qualified disabled veterans.
  • The bill also exempts disabled veterans from the newly established income limit.
  • If a disabled veteran dies while receiving the exemption, the exemption continues for the homestead if a surviving spouse acquires ownership of the homestead and resides there. No age restriction is placed on surviving spouses. The exemption continues through the year in which the surviving spouse dies, ceases to own or occupy the homestead, or remarries.
  • Homeowners would first receive the exemption for tax year 2014 (or tax year 2015 for manufactured homes)

How to apply:

Along with the application you must submit a letter or other written confirmation from the Department of Veterans Affairs, its predecessor or successor agency, evidencing 100% disability rate, either from a single service-connected disability or from a combination of service-connected disabilities for which the Department of Veterans Affairs has granted 100% disability.

While the Department of Veterans Affairs certifies both a compensation rating and a disability rating, the auditor will only consider the veteran’s disability rating. The compensation rating will not qualify a veteran for homestead even if the compensation rate equals 100%.

For more information please contact Regina Rollins at 937-521-1862 or visit our website at www.clarkcountyauditor.org

Clark County Auditor John S. Federer’s Office Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Posted November 14th, 2014 in Auditor's Office by John Federer

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Clark County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

 

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement is awarded to the individual(s), department or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR, and this has been presented to John S. Federer, Clark County Auditor.

 

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

 

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

 

For Information Contact:  Stephen Gauthier, GFOA

(312) 977-9700

 

 

November 13, 2014

AUDITOR PRESENTS CHECK TO LOCAL TAXING ENTITIES

Posted October 9th, 2014 in Auditor's Office, Finances by John Federer

Representatives from school districts and other taxing entities were at the Clark County Auditor’s Office on October 8, 2014 to commemorate the refund of a surplus of real estate assessment dollars.  “I am proud to work with and support those entities in need,” said Federer.  He further added that “a refund of surplus funds is the right thing to do to help move our community forward.”Taxing Entities at Auditor's Office

 

Second half tax bills mailed out

Posted June 20th, 2014 in Auditor's Office by John Federer

 

Second half tax bills were mailed out on June 9th .  The tax bills are due for the second half by July 11th at 6:00pm  The Treasurer’s office will remain open later than usual that day (usually close at 4:30 pm) to accommodate taxpayers.

Auditors Support Tax Relief for Disabled Veterans

Posted March 21st, 2014 in Auditor's Office by John Federer

Clark County Auditor John S. Federer applauds the March 11th recommendation of the Ohio House Finance Committee to move Amended House Bill 85 forward.  If enacted by the Ohio House and Senate, H.B. 85 would offer additional property tax relief to disabled veterans in Ohio. The bill, sponsored by Representatives Anne Gonzalez and Louis Terhar, increases, from $25,000 to $50,000, the amount of the homestead exemption that is available to qualified homeowners who are disabled veterans.

According to Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo, who testified in support of the bill on behalf of the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio, “Ohio is one of only four states that did not offer any sort of property tax relief for veterans.  We can and should do more in Ohio to help and assist our disabled military veterans.”

The homestead exemption is a statewide program, administered by County Auditors, which allows qualified senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled homeowners to reduce their property tax burden by shielding some of the market value of their home from taxation.

The Disabled Veterans’ Exemption allows qualifying homeowners to exempt $50,000 of the market value of their homes from all local property taxes. For example, an eligible owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 will be billed as if the home were valued at $50,000.

To receive the increased exemption under the bill, a homeowner must be a veteran of the United States armed forces, reserves, or National Guard who was honorably discharged with a service-connected total and permanent disability certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or other federal agency. When applying for the exemption, the veteran must provide written confirmation of the disability from the federal government.

 County Auditor Federer believes the additional savings included in the bill to disabled veterans would be substantial and warranted.  Auditor Federer urges members of the Ohio General Assembly to enact the measure quickly.

Auditor Releases 2013 Tenative Values

Posted September 12th, 2013 in Auditor's Office by John Federer

Clark County Auditor, John S. Federer, announced today that his office will be sending out the first of three waves of mailers to property owners this week which will contain important information about property values and the 2013 Property Reappraisal.  “As your County Auditor, I am required by Ohio law to reappraise real property at its estimated fair market value once every six years” explained Mr. Federer.  “This notice will outline the reappraisal process, address many frequently asked questions, and show property owners the “tentative” 2013 market value which has been determined for their properties.”  The first wave is scheduled to be mailed on September 3rd followed by a second on September 16th and the final mailing on September 27th.  “Please don’t disregard this as junk mail,” urged Mr. Federer.  “It’s extremely important that you review the information contained in this notification.  The reappraisal of property for tax purposes is an important and sensitive issue.  I want to assure you that every effort has been made to ensure that fair and accurate values have been placed on your property.” 

 After reviewing the information should property owners have questions or concerns, they are urged to call the Auditor’s Office for an appointment to discuss their tentative values with a staff member.  These appointments will be made during the Open Book Period from September 25th to October 25th and will be scheduled in various locations throughout the County including WorkPlus of Clark County, Springview Government Center, Enon Library and New Carlisle Library.  Those property owners requesting an appointment will be asked to provide supportive documentation.

The Auditor has been making presentations to groups throughout the County to educate constituents on the reappraisal process and to answer questions.  For additional information, please visit the Auditor’s website at www.clarkcountyauditor.org , on Facebook at ‘Clark County Auditor’, or you may call or visit the office at 31 N. Limestone Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, Ohio (937) 521-1878.

County seeks bids for financial system

Posted August 2nd, 2013 in Auditor's Office, Finances by John Federer

Sealed proposals will be received by the Board of County Commissioners, Clark County, Ohio, in the Office of the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, 50 East Columbia Street, P.O. Box 2639, Springfield, Ohio 45501, UNTIL THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013, AT 10:00 A.M. for the Clark County Accounting and Payroll System.

Notes of Pre-Proposal Conference 7-25-13

 Request for proposal documents are on file at, and may be obtained from, the Auditor’s Office, Clark County, Ohio, 31 North Limestone Street, Springfield, Ohio 45502. Contact Bob Vanderhorst at 521-1871 or bvanderhorst@clarkcountyohio.gov  to obtain proposal documents.

 Each proposal shall contain the full name and address of each person or company submitting the proposal.  All proposals must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office of the Board of County Commissioners, County Offices Building, 50 East Columbia Street, P.O. Box 2639, Springfield, Ohio, 45501-2639, NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013 AT 10:00 A.M.  Proposals will be opened by the Clerk in public session at approximately 10:00 A.M. on August 22, 2013 in the Commission Conference Room, Fifth Floor, County Offices Building, 50 East Columbia Street, Springfield, Ohio.  Proposals are to be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope in the lower left hand corner “RFP for the Clark County Accounting and Payroll System”. The name and address of the person or company submitting the proposal shall also appear on the outside of the envelope.

 The County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to waive any defect in a proposal that does not materially alter the proposal.

 Please note the County is exempt from all Federal, State, and Local Sales and/or Excise Taxes.

 Attention to all persons or companies submitting proposals is called to the following requirements: compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity policies; signing of Non-Collusion Affidavit, Personal Property Tax Statement, Non- Discrimination Form, and Affidavit in Compliance with Section 3517.13 of the Ohio Revised Code, and their return with the proposal.  The person or company submitting the proposal that is accepted must also submit a performance bond and meet the County’s insurance requirements (requirements are included in the request for proposals documents).

 The proposal shall be accompanied by a bond or certified check, cashier’s check, or money order on a solvent bank or savings and loan association.  Proposal security furnished in bond form shall be in the full amount of the bid, which shall be issued by a surety company or corporation licensed in the State of Ohio to provide said surety.  Proposal security in the form of a certified check, cashier’s check, or money order shall be in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the proposal cost, made payable to the Board of Clark County Commissioners.  Failure to submit a proper Proposal Guaranty will automatically invalidate the bid.

You may view this notice on the Board of Clark County Commissioners web site by going to www.clarkcountyohio.gov and clicking on the Notices/Hearings link or you may enter http://www.clarkcountyohio.gov/bids.aspx.   This notice will also be posted on the State of Ohio Public Notice Website.  You can view it by visiting http://publicnotice.ohio.gov/.

By order of the Board of County Commissioners, Clark County, Ohio

Megan Lokai, Clerk

News-Sun: July 18, 2013

 

Property Assessment Information

Posted July 11th, 2013 in Auditor's Office by John Federer

John S. Federer, Clark County Auditor, announced that he will hold public information sessions throughout the County to inform and educate the public on the 2013 Revaluation and to answer any questions. 

Click here to view the presentation

The meetings will take place at:

 August 8 –  Kenton Ridge High School – 7:00 p.m. – 4444 Middle Urbana Rd., Springfield

August 13 - Northeastern High School – 7:00 p.m. – 1480 Bowman Rd., Springfield

August 14  - Greenon Schools – 7:00 p.m. – Indian Valley Middle School, 510 Enon-Xenia Road, Enon

August 26 – Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) – 7:00 p.m. – City Hall, 76 E. High St., Springfield

August 28 - Northwestern Schools – 7:00 p.m. – New Jr./Sr. High School – 5610 Troy Rd., Springfield

August 29 - Tecumseh Schools – 7:00 p.m. – Tecumseh High School Auditorium – 9830 W. National Rd., New Carlisle

September 4 – Clark-Shawnee Schools – 7:00 p.m. – Shawnee High School Media Center, 1675 E. Possum Rd., Springfield

The information sessions will include a presentation by the county auditor’s office on the revaluation process and the steps the office takes in assessing property values.  In addition, there will be time for questions following the presentations.

“My goal is for attendees to leave the information sessions with a better understanding of the home valuation process,” said Federer.  “As your county auditor, it is my responsibility to value real property fairly and accurately. Property owners have an important role to play in the process by providing input and feedback on property assessments.  These information sessions are a continuation of my commitment to accessibility and openness to taxpayers.”

Property owners seeking additional information may visit the county auditor’s website at www.clarkcountyauditor.org, on Facebook at ‘Clark County Auditor’, or may visit the county auditor’s office, located at 31 N. Limestone Street, Springfield, Ohio. 

 

Clark County Auditor John S. Federer Joins Auditor Of State’s Regional Advisory Board

Posted April 8th, 2013 in Auditor's Office by John Federer

Clark County Auditor John S. Federer has been invited to join Dave Yost, Auditor of State, on his Regional Advisory Board.  As a member of the Board, Auditor Federer will have an opportunity to help define and implement better practices both for the State Auditor’s Office and for local governments.  Additionally, he will assist in the implementation of new initiatives, careful review of existing ones, and brainstorming ways to increase productivity throughout the state.

Regional Advisory Boards are made up of community leaders throughout Ohio who provide valuable insight to the Auditor of State on all topics relating to the operation of the office and the conduct of state policy. Liaisons in eight regions schedule periodic meetings where board members and Auditor Yost discuss and evaluate current and future topics of interest. Some of these ideas are captured at www.SkinnyOhio.org which Auditor Yost established in 2011 to help in the continuation of creating a smarter, streamlined government for Ohio.

Property Owner Warning

Posted January 29th, 2013 in Auditor's Office by John Federer

County Auditor John S. Federer is warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with valuation appeals.

ValueAppeal, LLC of Seattle is one of several companies mailing letters to area residents saying they could be overpaying their taxes because “the County” value of their property might be in error. “I have seen solicitations that say owners could be overpaying by thousands of dollars”, said Federer.

Some mailings offer what some companies term “a custom report”. One charges $159. Federer said owners can do the research on their own and can file an appeal for no charge with the Board of Revision (BOR).

“We often advise homeowners to contact a Realtor who is active in their area for an independent opinion of their value as a first step,” he said. “They can also review recent sales of comparable properties on our website www.clarkcountyauditor.org”.

“The information is available and easy to access,” said Federer. “Why pay some out-of-town company to provide what anyone can get at no cost?” he asked. He said similar letters have been mailed to property owners in counties across the state.

He noted that no one can offer a “guarantee” or “a very high likelihood” of a value reduction. “Promises of ‘risk free’ filings are extremely misleading. Each case is considered on its merits and the BOR can increase a value”, he said. “Filing a BOR complaint is the initiation of a legal proceeding. Potential filers are urged to carefully review the instructions we provide to best present their case,” he added.

The BOR is a three-member board which includes a County Commissioner, the County Treasurer and the Auditor.

Auditor Federer will complete a full reappraisal in 2013.  The 2013 values become effective with the first tax bill in 2014. Owners who believe their value is inaccurate should make sure their BOR complaint forms are received by the Auditors office by 4:30 pm on Monday April 1st.

Complaint forms and instructions are available from the Auditor’s office or may be accessed on the Auditor’s website.