COLUMBUS—State Representatives Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Tim Ginter (R-Salem) today announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation that would grant surviving spouses of public service officers killed in the line of duty an extension of Ohio’s homestead exemption.

House Bill 513 would give a widow or widower of a peace officer, firefighter, EMT, or paramedic a $50,000 homestead exemption. Ohio’s homestead exemption helps certain homeowners to reduce their property tax bills by shielding some of the market value of their homes from taxation.

“House Bill 513 is just one of many ways we can show our gratitude and appreciation for those who have had so much taken from them,” said Brenner. “I hope that this bill goes a long way in showing our commitment to not only our first responders, but to their families as well.”

Currently, Ohio’s homestead exemption applies to military veterans who are disabled and low-income senior citizens. Under House Bill 513, the surviving spouse must apply to the county auditor with a letter of verification from the department or state pension fund confirming the death of the officer in the line of duty.

“There could be no more appropriate description of the spirit and goal of House Bill 513—to provide some monetary relief to the spouses of our first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving the public,” said Ginter.

House Bill 513 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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