On July 8, 2019, the City Council voted to approve changes to the City’s Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Program that were recommended by the City Treasurer and a Tax Relief Working Group. The changes - which are retroactive to July 1, 2019 - will reduce the real estate tax burden for qualifying candidates and revise the application timeline, among other adjustments.
In 2018, the City Manager appointed a working group to study the City’s current Tax Relief Program, review similar programs in neighboring jurisdictions, and provide recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget process. The Tax Relief Working Group met for over a year and proposed several changes to offer additional assistance to qualifying residents 65 years and older or persons with permanent and total disabilities.
The adopted changes include increasing the program’s maximum tax benefit to 100% for applicants earning 40% or less of the HUD Area Median Income (AMI), eliminating interest on all deferred taxes accrued on or after July 1, 2019, reducing the program’s exemption asset limit from $540,000 to $400,000, and move the tax relief program from a calendar year to fiscal year basis to align with the real estate tax billing cycle.
Visit the Tax Relief Page for more information.