HAMILTON, Ohio -- People who suffered flood damage during last Wednesday's torrential rainfall could get a tax break, the Butler County auditor said.
Several inches of rain fell during just two hours, causing floods in the Hamilton and Seven Mile areas.
If the damage affected your property values for tax year 2017 -- which you pay in 2018 -- you should file for the tax break, Auditor Roger Reynolds said.
You'll have to fill out an application form -- called a DTE Form 26, the Application for Valuation Deduction for Destroyed or Damaged Real Property -- get it notarized, and return it to the Butler County Auditor’s Office at 130 High St., in Hamilton.
The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2017.
"Dozens of homes might have been impacted by this storm, so we are recommending that property owners consider applying for property tax relief," Reynolds said in a news release. "If a building's value has been impacted in a negative way, we want to be able to temporarily reduce that value."
The tax break only covers real estate -- not personal property, such as furniture, appliances or vehicles.
Those who qualify will receive up to a 75 percent reduction on their tax bill.