County Commission To Vote On Increasing Help For Those On Tax Relief Program

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The County Commission plans to vote next Wednesday on a resolution that would have the county provide more help for those on the state's tax relief program.

A second resolution sponsored by Commissioner David Sharpe would ask the Legislature to increase to $40,000 the maximum household income allowable to take part in the program.

Trustee Bill Hullander said the state increases that amount annually and it is soon slated to go to $29,860. That is up from the current $29,270.

The trustee said the tax relief program was implemented by the state over 40 years ago with an initial limit of $3,000. He said it includes those 65 and over, the disabled and widows of disabled veterans.

He said he estimates that 97 percent of families eligible for the program in Hamilton County are signed up for it. He said 3,029 are on the program.

The state currently covers the first $27,600 of the home's appraisal up to a payment of $190.80. That is due to rise to the first $28,300 of the appraisal.

The state payment is due to rise to up to $195.64.

A couple of years ago, the County Commission voted to match 50 percent of the state payment, which currently is $95.40.

Officials said the 50 percent match costs the county about $400,000. A 100 percent match would be around $800,000 per year.

The additional $400,000 would come out of the fund balance.

 

 


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