Property Tax Exemptions for Senior Citizens & Disabled Veterans

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Property Tax Exemptions for Seniors and Disabled Veterans: No applications are processed from August 15 through December 31. Applications will be available after January 1, 2021.

The Assessor's office has served over 800 senior citizens who have been approved to receive the “Senior Homestead Exemption”. The maintenance of this program is paramount to our office, and we will continue to administer the Senior Homestead Program.

For qualifying seniors, this exemption reduces the property tax on the primary residence by exempting 50% of the first $200,000 in market value. For example:

  • If your primary residence has a market value of $200,000, the first $100,000 will be exempt from taxation.
  • If your primary residence has a market value of $175,000, the first $87,500 will be exempt from taxation, etc.

If you have previously applied and been approved for participation in the Senior Exemption Program, you need take no further action. Your initial application is still in effect. The Assessor must be informed of any changes in ownership or occupancy of the property within 60-days of when the change occurs. IF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS NEEDED, WE WILL CONTACT YOU! 

         Eligibility for Exemption

You must be at least 65 years of age as of January 1 of the year of application,

  • Owned their home for at least 10 years as of January 1.
  • Occupied it as their primary residence for at least 10 years as of January 1.
  • Limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the qualifications section of the application.
  • The senior citizen exemption is also available to surviving spouses of senior citizens who met the requirements on any January 1st after 2001. The application deadline is July 15.

    Good News for Senior Citizens

    Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans

    The Disabled Veteran exemption is available if:

    1. The veteran sustained a service-connected disability while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States. This includes members of the National Guard and Reserves who sustained their injury during a period in which they were called to active duty.
    2. The veteran was honorably discharged.
    3. The federal Department of Veterans Affairs has rated the veteran's service-connected disability as a one hundred percent permanent disability through disability retirement benefits pursuant to a law or regulation administered by the department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the Department of the Army, Navy, or Air Force.
    • VA unemployability awards do not meet the requirement for determining an applicant’s eligibility.
    • The applicant must have owned and occupied the home as his or her primary residence since January 1 of the year of application,
    • Limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the eligibility requirements section of the application.
    • The application deadline is July 1.
    • For questions call (303) 343-1268 

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