By Jody Miller
BATH TWP.: While the heavy rain storms in early July may have had less of an impact on Bath than on other Summit County communities, there may still be tax relief available to Bath property owners who sustained damage, said Administrator Vito Sinopoli during the July 15 trustees meeting.
According to a letter from Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise, property owners have the option of filing an “Application for Valuation Deduction for Destroyed or Damaged Property (Form DTE 26).
The deduction available is a percentage of the reduction in value caused by the damage and is based on the calendar quarter in which the damage occurred. For the July storms, the reduction will be 50 percent of the destroyed portion, according to Scalise’s office.
The reduction allowed will be for tax year 2013, collection year 2014.
After filing an application, property owners can expect an inspection to determine the amount of damage. Trees, landscaping, fencing and personal items are excluded on residential properties.
That form is available through a download from http://FiscalOffice.summitoh.net or by calling 330-643-2704. Bath Township also plans to post the information on its website at http://www.bathtownship.org. The filing deadline is Dec. 31 for property damaged in the July 10 storms.