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Barrett to support tax relief for seniors

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Matthew Barrett (D-Amherst) said today he intends to vote for a two-year state operating budget plan that would mean hundreds of dollars in property tax relief for senior citizens in the 58th House District.

The $52.1 billion budget plan, scheduled for a vote of the full House sometime today, includes Gov. Ted Strickland’s plan for senior citizen property tax relief and several other major changes in state policy, including:

Historic new investments in higher education and a freeze of tuition rates at Ohio’s public universities for the 2008-09 school year.

Expanded access to health care for children whose parents earn up to 300 percent of the poverty level – a major step toward Democrats’ ultimate goal of ensuring every child in Ohio has access to affordable health care.

A new era of fiscal discipline at the Statehouse through tough decisions that would make this budget the slowest growth state spending plan in 42 years.

“This budget plan is a major break with the past, and it reflects many of the core priorities of Governor Strickland’s Turn Around Ohio plan,” said Barrett, D-Amherst.

Barrett said the plan for property tax relief for senior citizens is particularly important. The budget calls for expanding the homestead exemption to allow the disabled and all homeowners age 65 years and over — regardless of income — to pay no property tax on the first $25,000 of their home’s market value.

“For years, too much of the burden of paying for schools has been placed on the property tax, and that has hurt our seniors,” Barrett said. “With this budget, one out of every four Ohioans stands to gain real tax relief.”

According to the Department of Taxation, the plan would mean an average annual savings of:

 $286 for senior citizens living in the Norwalk City School District, a 24.7 percent savings on the typical district home, one worth $101,000.

 $298 for senior citizens living in the South Central Local School District, a 30.9 percent savings on the typical district home, one worth $81,000.

 $302 for senior citizens living in the New London Local School District, a 27.5 percent savings on the typical district home, one worth $91,000.

 $313 in the Willard City School District, a 27.5 percent savings on the typical district home, one worth $91,000.

 $338 in the Monroeville Local School District, a 23.1 percent savings on the typical district home, one worth $108,000.

 $339 in the Bellevue City School District, a 26.6 percent savings on the typical district home, one worth $94,000.

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