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Posted: Apr 2, 2009  09:42

April 15 Is the Filing Deadline for Homeowner and Circuit Breaker Applications

      Boundary County Assessor

April 15 is the filing deadline for receiving the HOMEOWNER exemption on this yearís property tax bill. This exemption reduces the taxable value of your owner occupied residence plus up to one acre of homesite by 50% up to a maximum of $104,471. You only need apply for it once, as long as you continue to own and occupy the residence. Applications cannot be accepted after April 15th unless your residence is newly constructed and first occupied after that date.

April 15 is also the deadline to file for CIRCUIT BREAKER, which is a state funded property tax relief program that pays a portion or all of the property tax for qualifying applicants. It must be applied for annually and is primarily intended to provide relief for property owners who are 65 and older, or who are widowed, or disabled, or are under18 years of age and fatherless or motherless or abandoned. The amount the state pays toward your property tax depends upon your income, which is currently a maximum of $28,000, but it does not pay applied fees such as solid waste or translator.

Additionally, there is a new program that may allow you to defer a portion of your property tax. It is also income based and has a few more stings attached. These programs are designed to provide property tax relief for qualified applicants, but they can be complicated so please contact the Assessorís office at 267-3301 if you have questions or would like more information. We would be happy to assist you.


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