Homestead Exemption at Acme Fresh Markets, branch libraries and malls

Monday, 30 September 2013

Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE announces that her staff will enroll homeowners for Homestead Exemption at several convenient locations throughout the county this fall. With the passage of the state biennial budget (House Bill 59), beginning with tax year 2014 new participants will be subject to a means test.

Currently, Homestead Exemption has no income restrictions. However, due to the passage of the State of Ohio’s recent House Bill 59, new applicants will be subject to a means test beginning January 1, 2014. Eligible applicants will be restricted to a total income of $30,500 or less per year, which includes the Ohio adjusted gross income of the owner and the owner's spouse. Changes associated with House Bill 59 will not affect homeowners who are currently enrolled in Homestead Exemption, or eligible applicants for 2013 who submit their application before Monday, June 2, 2014.

“It is important to realize that in order to be exempt from the means test, homeowners must actually receive a homestead exemption credit for tax year 2013,” Fiscal Officer Scalise said. “My office will host more than 15 outreach stations throughout Summit County with the intent to inform homeowners of the new provisions in the law and how changes may affect eligibility status. I would encourage all eligible homeowners to visit so we may assist you in securing the homestead exemption.”

Homestead Exemption is available to homeowners who are 65 years or older, or totally disabled under the age of 65. Under the exemption, property is taxed at $25,000 less than its appraised value. This amounts to a savings of approximately $400 to $600 per year, depending on your taxing district. To qualify, you must be the owner of the home or manufactured home and it must be your primary residence on January 1 for the tax year you apply. Applicants may apply for Homestead Exemption in the year they turn 65 as long as they own and occupy the house as of January 1 of the year they file.

The Summit County Fiscal Office will have staff on-hand at the following locations:


The Fiscal Office will also issue the new veteran identification card during appearances at the branch libraries and Lehner Community Center of Munroe Falls. This card serves as an alternative to the armed forces discharge record, referred to as Form DD 214. To get the card, veterans must present their DD 214 and two forms of identification. To review a full list of acceptable identification, visit Veteran Identification Cards.

Applicants for Homestead Exemption are required to provide proof of age and current residency by submitting photo identification, such as an Ohio driver’s license or state identification card. They should come prepared to present their identification when filing an application in-person. Please visit the Fiscal Office’s Homestead Exemption or call (330) 643-2661 for more information.