JEFFERSON — Ashtabula County Auditor David Thomas and Treasurer Angie Maki-Cliff will be hitting the road this month to educate homeowners about tax payment services and tax credit information.
“I’m really excited to bring this opportunity back this year so you can learn and ask questions of the Treasurer and me,” Thomas said.
Sessions will be at 9 a.m. on April 20 at the Conneaut Public Library and at 5 p.m. on April 25 at the Henderson Memorial Library in Jefferson.
“Even though I’m still in my first year in office, there have been many changes that taxpayers can benefit from,” Maki-Cliff said. “I can not wait to be there.”
The auditor’s office estimates that nearly 70 people attended its Homestead sessions before the COVID pandemic. Thomas expects similar turnouts this year.
Those unable to attend can watch online via Zoom or Facebook Live. To sign up for Zoom, visit the County Auditor’s website or contact Thomas at 440-576-3785 or [email protected] No pre-registration for in-person attendance is required.
Thomas plans to educate attendees on tax credits, including homestead tax credit, homeowner’s occupancy credit, and property value questions regarding how taxes are determined .
Taxpayers age 65 or older who own their home with an Ohio adjusted gross annual income of less than $34,600, who are permanently disabled, or who are military veterans permanently disabled as a result of a service-related injury are encouraged to attend one of these sessions to learn more about the program.
Homestead tax savings for applicants include a reduction equal to $25,000 home market value tax credit for traditional Homestead and $50,000 for disabled military veterans.
“In one of our last sessions, it was a real honor to meet a disabled military veteran who didn’t know about credit and we were able to get him the money he was entitled to,” Thomas said. “It was awesome.”
Maki-Cliff will discuss payment options that residents, especially seniors, might find beneficial, such as payment plans and an electronic bill by email. Residents can sign up to receive their property tax bill by email, saving money and time according to the Treasurer’s Office.
“Those wintering in Florida or worried about the mail can sign up and rest assured their bill will get to them,” she said. “Taxpayers can easily pay online or in whatever way is most convenient for them.”