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Homes damaged or destroyed by storms could be eligible for tax relief

 Storms caused a tree to damage a home and take down powerlines on June 6, 2022.
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Storms caused a tree to damage a home and take down powerlines on June 6, 2022.

Some homeowners in Central Ohio woke up to damage from severe storms that rolled through overnight. The Frankin County Auditor is reminding home and business owners that they could be eligible for real estate tax relief.

“We've had 23 destroyed or damaged properties filed this year. Last year it was 148. We have been lucky recently while there have been major incidences across the state and Franklin County it's been a smaller number but again it's important that people are aware it exists, “ said Michael Stinziano, Franklin County Auditor.

Stinziano said Ohio law gives county auditors the authority to reduce real estate values for properties that have been damaged or destroyed by storms. A substantial reduction in property value could mean lower real estate taxes for the property until it has been restored to its prior condition or value.

"The Franklin County Auditor’s office wants to help residents and businesses affected by storm damage. I encourage anyone whose property suffers structural damage to take advantage of the opportunity to seek potential tax relief, “ he said.

Applications for a property value reduction as well as additional information are available on the Franklin County Auditor's website.

The application deadline for property damage that has occurred since this year is December 31, 2022.

Property owners can also get additional information by contacting the Franklin County Auditor's office at (614) 525-4663 or at AuditorStinziano@franklincountyohio.gov.

Williams was a reporter for WOSU. Natasha is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and has more than 20 years of television news and radio experience.