Seniors have until March 31 return homestead exemption renewal forms

Posted: Jan. 22, 2014 10:48 am Updated: Feb. 5, 2014 4:15 pm

The Adams County Supervisor of Assessments office recently mailed renewal forms for the senior citizen homestead exemption, and qualifying property owners have until March 31 to sign and return the forms.

Seniors can qualify for a $5,000 reduction in their assessment for the 2014 tax year, which will impact tax bills payable in 2015.

To qualify, applicants must own and occupy their residence during 2014 and must be born in 1949 or before, according to Supervisor of Assessments Georgene Zimmerman.

Anyone who has previously filed for this exemption and did not receive a mailed renewal form should contact Zimmerman's office at 277-2135.

First-time applicants must apply in person and provide a photocopy of the deed to their property and their birth certificate or other acceptable proof of age.

Governmental properties, schools, churches and charitable institutions also must file exemption applications for 2014.

In addition, applications for demonstration home assessments, the fraternal organization assessment freeze and the veterans organization assessment freeze must be filed by Dec. 31.

The Supervisor of Assessments office is on the west side of the Adams County Courthouse and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.