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Homestead Exemption Department

  1. What is the Homestead Exemption?
    The homestead exemption provides a reduction in property taxes to qualified senior or disabled citizens, or a surviving spouse, on the dwelling that is the individual’s principal place of residence. It exempts the value of the property $25,000
  2. Do I qualify for the Homestead Exemption?
    To receive the homestead exemption, you must be 1) at least 65 years of age, or determined to be permanently disabled, or a surviving spouse during the year you file and 2) own and occupied your home as your principle place of residence on January 1st of the year in which you are applying.
  3. I think I qualify; how do I apply?
    You can fill out a DTE105A Homestead Application and submit to the Auditor’s office by mail or walk-in. You can also file by using our SmartFile paperless filing system. If you qualify, the exemption will be added to your parcel. If you don’t qualify, you will receive a notice by mail.
  4. Do I have to reapply every year?
    No. Every year you are on the program, you will receive a continuing application in the mail. If nothing has changed that affects your qualifications for the exemption, you can disregard this form.
  5. What is the enhanced Homestead Exemption for veterans and how do I apply?
    This version of homestead exempts the value of a property by $50,000. You must be 100% disabled by or be receiving 100% compensation for service-connected injuries on January 1 of the year for which the exemption is sought. If you feel you may qualify you can fill out a DTE105I Homestead Application for Veterans and submit to the Auditor’s office by mail or walk-in.