Defiance County Auditor Jill Little has provided her monthly report for June.

She released the following figures, with June 2018 figures in parenthesis: real estate transfers, 166 (260); conveyance transfers, 74 (81); conveyance fees collected $34,857.30 ($37,813.10); and real estate sales $8,714,274 ($9,453,245).

New applications for the homestead exemption are being accepted through Dec. 30, according to Little.

Those who owned their home as of Jan. 1 may qualify if they are age 65 or over this year, or are totally and permanently disabled (if under the age of 65) and their Ohio adjusted gross income is not over $32,800.

Those who turn 65 in 2019 may sign up now. Those who qualified last year and did not file, can file a late-filer application along with this year’s initial application. Little suggested that “because so much of the information for the program requires information from your tax return, you may want to apply after you have filed your taxes.”

Persons with questions concerning the homestead exemption may call 419-782-1926 or 800-675-3953 for more information.

Little stated that officials are reviewing new construction throughout the county. Appraisers will be inspecting those properties, as well as updating photography.

Persons with questions can contact the auditor’s office at 419-784-3111.

Property owners who have had structural damage due to fire, storms, flooding, or intentional demolition can pick up a “destroyed property form” in the real estate assessor’s office that can be filled out to reduce property value.

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