Exemption Renewal Forms Have Been Mailed

Washington County Supervisor of Assessments, Sharon Mewes announced that her office has mailed the following exemption renewal forms for the 2018 tax year;

Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption — Senior citizens who attain the age of 65 years during the 2018 year or are older than 65, who own and occupy the property as their principle residence as of Jan. 1, 2018 are eligible for the senior homestead exemption regardless of their income. This exemption is now worth $5,000 off the total assessed value of the home and home site.

Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption — Senior citizens who attain the age of 65 years during the 2018 year or are older than 65, who own and occupy the property as their principal residence as of Jan. 1, 2018 and have a total household income of $65,000 or less are also eligible for the senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption. Please note that the senior freeze is solely a freeze on an eligible applicant’s assessment, not their taxes.

Disabled Person’s Homestead Exemption — If you are a qualifying disabled person, you may be eligible for this annual exemption.

Disabled Veteran’s Standard Homestead Exemption — If you are a Veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 30%, you may be eligible for this annual exemption. PLEASE NOTE – the assessors office requires documentation to verify your eligibility for this exemption. You must provide a disability award or verification letter from the u.S. Department of veterans’ affairs for the current assessment year.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The total household income for the “Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption” has increased from $55,000 to $65,000 for the 2018 tax year!

What Washington County real estate owners need to know is that every year you must complete an application for the exemptions you qualify for.

Once you have applied the first time and are granted the exemption or exemptions, you should get them every year, but only if you continue to apply for them.

The Assessor’s Office mails these exemption forms to you yearly. Certain circumstances may disqualify your eligibility in the future for these exemptions.

If you are already signed up, and do not receive your renewal forms in the next couple of weeks, please contact the Supervisor of Assessments by coming in or calling 618-327-4800 ext. 325.

The Washington County Assessor’s Office is located on the second floor of the Washington County Courthouse. The Courthouse is located at 101 E. St. Louis St., Nashville, IL. 62263.