Property Tax Exemptions

What are Exemptions?

The Assessor’s Office administers property tax exemptions that may contribute to lowering the property tax bill for your home. The homeowner exemptions listed below reduce the equalized assessed value (EAV), or taxed value, of a home. Exemption applications were due in early 2020 in order to be reflected on the second-installment property tax bill for Tax Year 2019, which is billed in the summer of 2020. The application period for exemptions is closed, however you may apply for a Certificate of Error

Homeowner Exemption

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Provides property tax savings by reducing the equalized assessed value of an eligible property. Most homeowners are eligible for this exemption if they own and occupy the property. Once this exemption is applied, the Assessor’s Office auto-renews it for you each year.
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Senior Exemption 

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Provides property tax savings by reducing the equalized assessed value of an eligible residence by $8,000. A new law allows for automatic renewal for seniors who received the exemption last year, meaning an applicant only has to apply once. Newly qualified seniors must file initial applications in 2020.
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“Senior Freeze” Exemption 

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This exemption freezes the equalized assessed value of a property, meaning it remains at a fixed amount. It is important to note that this exemption does not freeze the amount of a property tax bill. The amount owed may fluctuate due to the local tax rate set each year by the homeowner’s local taxing district. Applicants must meet the income qualification and meet the requirements of  the Senior Exemption. 
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Persons with Disabilities Exemption

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Provides savings by reducing the equalized assessed value of property by $2,000 annually. Applicants must meet specific criteria to qualify.
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Returning Veterans Exemption

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Veterans returning from active duty in armed conflict are eligible to receive a $5,000 reduction in the equalized assessed value of their property for each taxable year in which they return.
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Veterans with Disabilities Exemption

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Qualifying veterans with disabilities are eligible to receive a reduction in the equalized assessed value  on their primary residence. Those with 30%-49% service-connected disabilities receive an annual $2,500 reduction in EAV, 50%-69% receive a reduction of $5,000, and 70% are completely exempt from paying property taxes.
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Long-Time Homeowner Exemption

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This exemption enables a property owner to receive an expanded Homeowner Exemption with no maximum exemption amount. To qualify there has to be a significant assessment increase to exceed the maximum amount set by the state legislature. Fewer than 2% of homeowners qualify for this exemption and applications will be mailed to those properties that qualify. 
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Home Improvement Exemption

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The exemption allows a property owner of single-family home, condominium, and apartments up to six units to increase the value of their property  up to $75,000 without an increase of its assessed value for up to four years. The exemption is automatically applied by the Assessor’s office upon receiving a building permit for improvement.
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