Defiance County Auditor Jill Little has provided her monthly report for September.
She released the following figures, with September 2018 figures in parenthesis: real estate transfers, 206 (134); conveyance transfers, 78 (58); conveyance fees collected $41,548.90 ($41,844); and real estate sales $10,387,140 ($10,460,941).
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.”
Little reminds that dog tags can be purchased beginning Dec. 1.
Persons who have moved since the last time they purchased a tag and need to update their mailing address, are asked to call the auditor’s office at 419-782-1926. Renewal notices will be mailed in late November.
Persons with questions concerning the homestead exemption may call 419-782-1926 or 800-675-3953 for more information.
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. This form also is used to report a building or structure that has been removed from a property.
Persons with questions can contact the auditor’s office at 419-784-3111 or 1-800-675-3953.