Nov 25, 2012

Report destroyed real estate property

GREENVILLE – Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn announces that real estate property owners may claim a reduction in the taxable value of their real estate property that is destroyed (torn down) or damaged, regardless of the time of year the destruction or damage occurs.

Legislation enacted 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, torn down, etc.). The amount of reduction would be prorated on the basis of the calendar quarter in which the damage occurs. Property owners must file an application 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, 547-7317 or 547-7308, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays. You may print the required Form-DTE 26 from the County Auditor’s website,


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