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January 16, 2013

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Page 34 January 16, 2013 Assessor's Corner Series 6 of 7 Arizona Historic Property Tax Reduction Program This week we will focus on the "Arizona's Historic Property Tax Reduction Program" for residential and non-income-producing properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a property tax incentive program for commercial or industrial income-producing properties. This program is administered through the State Historic Preservation Office, in conjunction with the Arizona County Assessors Offices. Historical buildings, businesses, and gathering places preserve links to the communities' historic past, and reflect the distinctive character of our area. Various federal and state laws have been enacted to support the preservation of these places through tax reductions, grants, and other financial incentives. Arizona's historic property owners can benefit from Fleece and Cotton Fabric by the Yard & more... Creations by Shirley McKiernan Tyson Wells space S 5, 6 & 7 B Behind K & K Kitchen - OPEN DEC. 15 - FEB. 15 951-201-3561 VFW Post 769 VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS 120 S. Palo Verde Quartzsite, AZ 928-927-7697 UPCOMING ACTIVITIES Monday Night Football Thursday Burger Night Friday Fish Fry Saturday Meals these programs if their properties meet certain criteria. The State Historic Preservation Office, is a division of the Arizona State Parks, and is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and protection of Arizona's prehistoric and historic cultural resources. They represent various areas of expertise, including history, prehistoric and historic archaeology, historical architecture, and grants management. The programs and services provided are diverse and meet a range of needs within the public and private sectors of Arizona. The guideline by the State Historic Preservation Office determines program eligibility and monitors property maintenance, the County Assessor enacts tax classification changes and manages issues of property value. What does this do for the taxpayer? It reduces the amount of the tax assessment and this reduced assessment remains in effect for up to 10 to 15 years depended upon its use as residential or commercial properties. (Visit the website for updates and current information of the State Historic Property Tax Program at call Eric Vondy at (602) 542-6998. Please note that any rehabilitation made to a historic commercial property prior to reclassification by the County Assessor is not eligible for retroactive adjustments in the property tax assessment. The property may qualify if it has been registered as historic property. Applicants will receive notice within six weeks of application submittal. For residential properties, the tax reduction does not take effect until the year following the approval of the application. For commercial properties, the tax reclassification takes effect immediately. Applications can be obtained from your County Assessors' office, or the State Historic Preservation Office, and ask for the "State Historic Prop- erty Assessment" form for verification of eligibility for reclassification or the Historic property tax program information sheet. Mail this completed application along with two 5" x 7" color photos of the property's exterior to the La Paz County Assessor, 1112 Joshua Avenue, Suite 204, Parker, AZ 85344. The continued growth and popularity of this program is reflective of the increasing awareness of historic preservation in Arizona. For more information, contact the: State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Arizona State Parks, 1300 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona 85007. Phone: (602) 542-4174. Toll Free: (800) 285-3703. La Paz County Assessors' Office is located at 1112 Joshua Avenue, Suite 204, Parker, and Arizona 85344 or call our office at (928) 669-6165 Senior Center updates Quartzsite Senior Center is seeking volunteers to help out in a variety of ways.Volunteers are needed for: Cooks, Bingo Deli Helpers, Bingo Helpers, Dishwashers. The Quartzsite Senior Center is located at 40 Moon Mountain Ave., Quartzsite. Open Monday through Friday from 9am - 3pm. The Center Serves LUNCH Monday -Friday at Noon for a $3 Donation. You are invited to come and join the fun at the center, including Cards, Games, Books, Puzzles. Other activities include: Tuesday, Quilters 8am-3pm Wednesday, Rock Painting 9-11am Wednesday Bingo at 6pm Every 3rd FRIDAY Craft Show 9-2 Friday Dances are now in full swing from, 7-10pm. CUSTOM MADE PET ACCESSORIES The Pet Patio ~ Ray & Verna Maurer Comrades Meeting 1st Saturday 9am VFW Riders meeting 1st Saturday of the month at 2PM Mens Auxiliary Meeting: 1st Tuesday 6pm Ladies Auxiliary Meeting: 1st Tuesday 6:30pm, Senior Center House Committee meeting: CHECK CALENDAR This is a smoking establishment • Members & Guests Only for Alcohol Service EASY TO FIND! Tyson Wells Space 29 Full line of nylon products and comfort harnesses, fleece coats, dog boots, doggles, etc. 661-428-3499 or 206-890-1696

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