Homestead Exemption Increase = “a cup of coffee and a Crispy Creme a year”

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Published Tuesday, December 10, 2019
By Tyler Arnold* | The Center Square

Proposed legislation would tie Ohio’s homeowner exemption, which is a tax credit that exempts some elderly and disabled Ohioans from paying part of their property taxes, to the inflation of the dollar.

“Most people who are eligible for the homestead exemption here in Ohio are homeowners who are on a fixed income,” Rep. Jason Stephens, R-Kitts Hill, the primary sponsor of this legislation, said in a news conference.

“One of the biggest enemies of people on a fixed income is inflation, and the current income exemption does not take into account the cost of inflation,” Stephens said. “And that is greatly affecting not only constituents of my district in the 93rd House District, but all across Ohio.”

Currently, a homeowner is eligible for this exemption if he or she meets an income threshold that is tied to inflation and is either disabled or 65 years old or older. In 2019, the income threshold was $32,800 based on the combined income of the applicant and the applicant’s spouse; in 2020, this will increase to $33,600.

An eligible homeowner is currently exempt from paying taxes on the first $25,000 of the value of the home. Depending on the value of the home, some disabled veterans are eligible to be exempted from paying taxes on the first $50,000 depending on the tax bills. Both of these values are fixed rates that can only increase through an act of the legislature, which this legislation would change. The inflation would be calculated in the same way it is calculated for homeowner eligibility.

Stephens said that the most recent numbers show that the state loses about $414 million in tax revenue from the credit. Tying this to inflation, he said, would boost this by about $8 million, which would bring the total cost to the general revenue fund up to about $422 million in the next year. He said such gradual, small increases would not impact school funding.

More than 800,000 homeowners take advantage of this tax credit annually and the average person saves about $500 each year.

(LFC Comments:  Pardon us if we seem ungrateful, but what does this mean for the average taxpaying senior?  Let’s do the math, shall we?  

Current Average Savings for Eligible seniors:  $517.50  [$414,000,000 / 800,000]
Projected Average Savings from new law: $10  [$8,000,000 / 800,000]

They are correct that this small increase will not impact school funding, but neither will not make a meaningful impact in our seniors’ lives.)

“This bill is a fair bill and a simple bill,” Stephens said. He said this would be a huge relief to senior citizens and disabled veterans who live day to day on a fixed income. 

(LFC Comment: His “huge relief” is a cup of coffee and a Crispy Creme once a year)

When asked by a reporter about seniors who are struggling to pay their tax bill who are not eligible for the credit, Stephens said that this bill does not address that problem, but it is something that the state should consider looking into.

* Tyler Arnold reports on Virgina and Ohio for The Center Square.

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  18. Works for me… we would need a taxpayer imitative because the politicians would never approve of it. Cost to pull it off? About $2 – $5 million!

  19. How about passing a bill that would have some real relief for seniors — NO property taxes after 75 years of age ???

  20. What a joke! This is just the ivory tower crowd’s way of pandering to the walking dead. It’s mind screw. Wake up folks…these politicians DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU…not one wit!!! This is laughable. The Whistleblower laws…a joke…where’s that bill? Moving through the Ohio Legislature…nope. Dan Troy running on the platform you guys gave him? What did he do for the average citizen the entire time he was in office. How about Rogers who wants our vote for Commissioner. That jerk voted no on a bill that would have made property bills more understandable. Yet this POS is the head of the Lake County Land Bank…the entity that all properties that are foreclosed upon by the County because of non-payment of property taxes go. So this guy is in charge of that entity…the entity that oversees the properties are the county forecloses on…who had a chance to make property tax ballot language more understandable and voted no? Why do you think he doesn’t want you to understand exactly how much you would be paying in property taxes? Despicable. These people are sick.

  21. Notice how the state loses income on tax credits. Politicians believe they deserve all your money, and you the tax payer are just a necessary evil for them. Socialism, communism, dictator, whatever, we are currently in the system and don’t even realize it! A system where evil is good, and good is evil.

  22. In my opinion, the homestead exemption has been a sham from the start, and nothing financially of significance. Politicians have duped the elderly once again big time. So what else is new. Concord Bob

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