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Ohio House Bill 17 Reduces Real Property Taxes for the Surviving Spouse of an Officer Killed in the Line of Duty
House Bill 17 allows a homestead both owned and occupied by the surviving spouse of a public service officer killed in the line of duty to have its property taxes reduced. A public service offer includes peace officers, firefighters, EMT’s, first responders and paramedics killed in the line of duty or by a fatal injury caused while in the line of duty. If the application for reduction, accompanied by a letter from a from a specific member of the agency for whom the public service officer was employed at the time of death is approved, the reduction will be applied for the tax year in which the public service officer dies through the tax year in which the surviving spouse also dies or remarries. The reduction shall be the equivalent of $50,000.00 of the value of the property multiplied by (a) the percentage established by the tax commissioner, not to exceed thirty-five per cent or (b) the effective tax rate used to calculate the taxes charged against the property for the current year. Such a reduction will only apply to one homestead owned and occupied by the surviving spouse. House Bill 17 has passed both the Ohio House and Senate and now awaits signature.
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