Ohio House Bill 85 increases from $25,000 to $50,000 — the amount of the homestead exemption available to homesteads that are owned and occupied by veterans of the U.S. armed services, their reserve components and the National Guard, if the veteran is or was honorably discharged with a service-connected total and permanent disability. The enhanced exemption applies to homesteads, units in a housing cooperative and manufactured or mobile homes taxed under the manufactured home tax.
To receive the exemption, a disabled veteran must apply to the county auditor, and must provide written confirmation of disability by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or other federal agency. This can be done at your Veterans Service Office at 133 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, OH.
If a disabled veteran dies while receiving the exemption, the exemption continues for the homestead if a surviving spouse acquires ownership of the homestead and resides there. No age restriction is placed on surviving spouses. The exemption continues through the year in which the surviving spouse dies, ceases to own or occupy the homestead, or remarries.
Governor Kasich signed the bill into law on June 14, 2014.
The writer is the executive director of the Shelby County Veterans Service Office