COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — With the pandemic, the holidays, and inflation, it may be difficult for some to pay their property taxes, especially for older homeowners. But there is some relief in Franklin County.
“The property tax assistance program is a process that's been in place since 1987 and a lot of property owners are not aware of it. And it allows for a one-time distribution for qualifying property owners in Franklin County to help pay their property taxes,” said Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano.
But you have to qualify to get the help.
“You have to be 60 years or older and then meet a certain income threshold. So it's low to moderate-income property owners, they have to be current on their tax bills, but so we don't see more owners going delinquent or having any housing instabilities,” Stinziano.
Historically the program has been funded through private donations. But the need is so great, Stinziano says the county is helping with funding.
“We worked with the board of commissioners, particularly county commissioner Erica Crawley, to get some additional funding. So we're excited that the pot is bigger. More applicants should be able to receive and even if you're not ultimately able to get an award for not qualifying, there are other resources we will be able to connect any applicant with,” said Stinziano.
You can register on the county auditor’s website or simply call them at 614-525-HOME.