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Friday, June 14, 2013 12:07 AM

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Robert L. Benroth, Putnam County Auditor, advises real estate owners and manufactured home owners of tax relief that is available for property which has been destroyed or damaged, regardless of the cause of damage. Ohio law authorizes property owners to apply to the county auditor for a reduction in the taxable value of their property that has been destroyed or damaged.

The amount of the reduction is prorated based on the calendar quarter in which the damage occurred. A notarized application for a deduction in the current year’s value for real property must be filed by Dec. 31 for damage in the first nine months of the year. For property damaged in the last three months of the year, the filing deadline is Jan. 31 of the following year. Manufactured home filing deadline is Jan. 31 of the following year.

The Auditor’s Office staff will help complete the necessary application during normal hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The form, Destroyed or Damaged Property (DTE 26), is always available on the Putnam County Auditor’s website at Please call 419-523-6686 for more information.


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