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October 26, 2007

PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS AND RETURN OF TAXABLE PROPERTY

All applications for Conservation Use Covenants (new, renewal and continuation) are due by April 1, 2008. This program applies to tracts 10 acres and larger which are dedicated to bona fide agricultural uses for 10 years. If a tract with an active Conservation Use Covenant was sold in 2006, the new owner must continue the Covenant. Failure to do so will hold the prior owner in breach of the Covenant.

Homestead exemption applications must be completed by March 1, 2008. To qualify, the applicant must own or show an owner’s interest in the land and dwelling. The property must be the owner’s primary residence as of January 1, 2008. The applicant must also purchase their vehicle tags in Jasper County. There are additional homestead exemptions available to those 62 or 65 and older. To qualify, the applicant must be 62 or 65 on January 1, 2008 and the household income does not exceed $10,000 after tax deductions and a reduction of $50,784 from retirement and/or SSI income. Proof of income is required for application.

All property is required to be returned at its fair market value as of January 1 of each year. Returns are due by April 1 of each year. If a return (owner’s estimate of value) is not submitted, the property is deemed to have been returned at the previous year’s value.

Regular Homestead applications are available at the Tax Commissioner’s office (706-468-4902).

The Senior Homestead applications, Conservation Use, and property returns are available at the Tax Assessor’s office (706-468-4904).

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