DARKE COUNTY – Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn announced that real estate property owners may claim a reduction in the taxable value of their real estate property for buildings that have been destroyed, torn down or damaged, regardless of the time of year the destruction or damage occurred.
Enacted legislation by the State of Ohio enables real estate property owners to claim the reduction at any time regardless of the cause of the damage (fire, wind, etc. or torn down). The amount of reduction would be prorated on the basis of the calendar quarter in which the damage occurs.
Property owners must file the Form-DTE 26 with the county auditor for the reduction. Real estate property destroyed or damaged during the first three quarters (January through September) must be filed by Dec. 31 of the year of the damage. Real estate property destroyed or damaged in the last quarter (October through December) must be filed by Jan. 31 of the following year.
For additional information, contact the Darke County auditor’s office in the Courthouse at 937-547-7316 or 547-7317 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, or individuals may print the required Form-DTE 26 from the county auditor’s website at www.darkecountyrealestate.org. Individuals may complete this form and return it to the Darke County auditor’s office.