SENIORS – ASSISTANCE AND OUTREACH
Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE wants to help you learn about issues that are critical to older Americans. This site offers information involving consumer issues, education on savings and real estate tax deductions and provide assistance on various programs available to persons age 50 and older who have made the world a better place with their contributions.
Learn about programs, services and resources that assist senior homeowners
The homestead exemption is a valuable tax reduction offering Summit County home-owners an average savings of $535 per year.
To qualify, home-owners must be at least 65 years of age, or under age 65 and declared permanently and totally disabled. The homestead is also available to military veterans evaluated at 100% disability from a service-connected disability. Applicants must own and occupy their home as their principal place of residence as of January 1 in the year of application.
Due to the passage of Ohio House Bill 59, new applicants are subject to a means test. Eligible home-owners cannot have an annual household income over $31,000 if applying in 2015 or $31,500 if applying in 2016. Household income includes the Ohio adjusted gross income of the owner and the owner's spouse. The means test does not apply to home-owners who were enrolled in the homestead exemption prior to tax year 2014 or military veterans. For more information, click here.
Real Estate Discount Program
This is a prepayment program that provides Summit County citizens with a method to budget their semi-annual tax payments. Taxpayers are able to share in the interest revenues generated from early payments in the form of a discount credit, which reduces their semi-annual tax bill. Real estate taxes must be current to participate in the program. There are two enrollment cycles, July 1 through August 15 for the first half tax collection and January 1 through February 15 for the second half tax collection.
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
The AARP is an organization for people 50 and older. They provide advice, resources, and information on issues regarding financial planning, travel, health, taxes and voter registration, including identification requirements and absentee voting forms. Visit their website at www.aarp.org/states/oh or call 1-866-389-5653
Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm serving the legal needs of low income and senior Ohioans in Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne Counties. The Summit County office is located in downtown Akron at 50 S. Main Street, Suite 800. Help Line Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am till 4 pm for new clients. Call 1-800-998-9454 or visit their website at www.communitylegalaid.org
Ohio Department of Aging
The Ohio Department of Aging works hard to help seniors improve and promote quality of life. This is accomplished by providing services, information and support to help older Ohioans live active, healthy and independent lives. Get more information about the Golden Buckeye Card, Ohio’s Best Rx, Taking Charge Personal Profile and more by visiting their website at www.state.oh.us/age/index.htm
You can also call 1-800-266-4346 – TTY: 614-466-6191