Property Tax Relief

Eligibility Requirements

This fund has been established to provide taxation assistance for the elderly and disabled citizens who are homeowners with limited income and assets. The eligibility criteria for application submission are:

  • Elderly is defined as a person who is at least 60 on or before the July 1 starting date of the fiscal year for which the application is made.
  • Disabled is defined as a person who has been determined to be incapacitated from working by a recognized source such as Social Security, the U.S.Military, workers compensation , or a retirement board.
  • An applicant must be the titled owner of the property or hold a life estate in the property. If title is held by a trust, the applicant must be both a trustee and a 50% beneficiary of the trust in order to qualify. These conditions apply to elderly or disabled applicants.
  • Applicants must have resided in the town and occupied the taxed property for five complete calendar years prior to the aid grant submission deadline.
  • Gross Income from all sources includes: Wages, salaries, bonuses, public and private pensions, retirement income, social security, alimony, child support, interest and dividend income, net income from business, public assistance, disability and unemployment insurance, regular compensations and /or gifts from parties outside the household.
    • A. Single person - $44,000
    • B. Couple - $55,000
  • Assets, which include stocks, bonds, CD's, Individual Retirement Account (IRAs), Annuities, and any tangible liquid asset, will be considered in determining eligibility and aid amount.
  • Extraordinary circumstances (e.g. an unusual expense burden such as a medical emergency) will be considered in the committees deliberations and the decision process. This will provide the committee with flexibility to address unforeseen situations.