Frequently Asked Questions|

A special assessment level will “freeze” the assessed value of a homestead. In other words, the property value at the time the freeze is applied will not change during future reassessment periods. The assessment will not increase for as long as the applicant owns and resides in the home but could be frozen at a lower number should the assessment decrease. 

In addition, there are additional homestead exemptions available to disabled veterans and unmarried surviving spouses. See all the details below.

Special Assessment Levels available to all taxpayers:

Age 65 Assessment Freeze

  • At least one owner of the home must be age 65 or older.
  • Adjusted Gross Income, combined for all owners, cannot exceed $100,000 for the year.
  • Required Documents: Driver’s License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return

Disability Assessment Freeze

  • At least one owner of the home must be permanently and totally disabled.
  • Adjusted Gross Income, combined for all owners, cannot exceed $100,000 for the year.
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver’s License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return

Special Assessment Levels available only to veterans:

Disabled Veterans Assessment Freeze

  • At least one owner of the home must have a service-connected disability with a 50% or higher disability rating.
  • Adjusted Gross Income, combined for all owners, cannot exceed $100,000 for the year.
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver’s License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return

Disabled Veterans Additional Homestead Exemption

  • At least one owner of the home must be a veteran with a service-connected disability rating, or the surviving spouse of a veteran with a service-connected disability rating.
    • 50% to 69% DV – $10,000 homestead exemption
    • 70% to 99% DV – $12,000 homestead exemption
    • 100% DV – Total homestead exemption
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver’s License or Birth Certificate

Missing in Action or Prisoner of War Freeze

  • Any member of the armed forces who was missing in action or a prisoner of war for a period exceeding 90 days is eligible for an assessment freeze.
  • Required Documents: Please contact our office for more information

Additional Special Assessment Levels:

Unmarried Surviving Spouse Additional Homestead Exemption

  • Owner of the home must be an unmarried surviving spouse of a person who died while on active duty as a member of the armed forces, or while performing their duties as a law enforcement, fire protection, or emergency medical officer. The property must have been owned and occupied by the deceased service member or first responder at the time of death.
  • Required Documents: Driver’s License or Birth Certificate, Proof of Death, Federal Tax Return

 

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