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Democrats push for real estate tax cut for Ohio seniors
Exemption was cut out in the GOP-passed state budget
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Democrats want to change a part of the new state budget that eliminates a tax break for Ohioans who are just turning 65.

The homestead exemption had applied to all Ohio senior citizens. But under the terms of the GOP-passed budget, only those with low incomes will now get the break.

House Rep. Nick Barborak is backing a bill to once again give all Ohioans 65 or older the tax break.

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"Policies like this ought to be vetted in the open and debated in public. This policy was enacted, put in the budget in the dark of night without any opportunity for those affected to have any input. Our constituents were not given the opportunity to weigh in.

Barborak says Republican House member Ron Hood, one of the most conservative in the Statehouse, is supporting the bill. Hood did not return requests for an interview prior to deadline for this story.

 

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