Property Tax Relief Programs Overview

Like every responsibility, there are always exceptions where special consideration is given for certain circumstances. Our state leaders have created programs to support different needs in our communities.

The Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Exemption Program helps eligible individuals on a limited income to pay property taxes. This program freezes the value of your residence, exempts all excess levies, and may exempt a portion of regular levies.

A senior citizen must be 61 years old and annual household combined income may not exceed $35,000. Disabled persons have no age limit but must be unable to work because of a physical or mental disability.

There is also a Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Deferral Program which postpones payment of your property taxes. But unlike the exemption program this program is not a reduction of your taxes. On your behalf, the Department of Revenue pays the deferred property taxes. When the property changes ownership, the amount of the postponed taxes, plus interest each year, becomes a lien in favor of the State until the total amount is repaid.

Apply for a destroyed property tax adjustment if your property has been partially or totally destroyed. Also apply if the Governor or County Board of Commissioners has declared your region as a disaster area and there is a value reduction of 20% or more.

When you decide to make home improvements through remodeling and additions there is a Residential Remodeling Exemption available for home improvements. This law was passed to allow homeowners a three-year tax break in order to pay on any loan application associated with the home improvement project.

If you have agricultural, open space or timberlands, you may apply to classify your land under the Current Use/Open Space Program. This generally means a reduced assessed value for the duration of the classification; however, removal may result in penalties and interest charges.

These programs are available for you, the taxpayer. If you want more information on any of these programs, please call our office at (360) 867-2200.