October 2, 2014

Medina
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Reminder: Claim tax reduction from storm damage

In the wake heavy storms and strong winds Wednesday, the Medina County Auditor’s Office is reminding property owners that they can claim a reduction in taxable property value as a result of damaged or destroyed buildings.

This benefit might apply to flooded basements and other incidences not covered by insurance, according to a news release from the auditor’s office.

To receive the benefit, property owners must file a “destruction of property” form with the auditor’s office. The form is available at www.medinacountyauditor.org under the “forms” link. The office also will mail a form to anyone without Internet access.

For property damaged in this week’s storms, owners can have up to 50 percent of the value reduced off their property tax bills.

The form needs to be filed before Dec. 31, but Auditor Mike Kovack encourages all affected owners to fill it out as soon as possible.

“With the severity of these storms, owners who sustained structural damage deserve the assistance that this law provides,” he said.

For more information, contact the auditor’s office at (330) 725-9766.