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January 4, 2012

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January 4, 2012 ASSESSOR'S CORNER Series 4 of 10 less the constitution or the statutes exempt it. In addition to property as- sessment and classification of property, the Assessor's responsibility is to pro- cess, monitor, approve or disapprove the applications for claims for prop- erty tax exemptions and other tax re- lief programs. In previous articles our focus was on Property Tax Exemption for Widows, Widowers and Disabled Persons. Our focus this week is on the Senior Property Valuation Protection Option. In 2000, voters adopted the "SENIOR PROPERTY VALUATION PROTEC- TION OPTION". This program is an in- come and age based benefit that freezes the Full Cash Value of a homeowner's primary residence for a three year peri- od after meeting certain qualifications. Only the Full Cash Value is frozen, the tax rates are not frozen and it contin- ues to be levied at the same rate as all other properties in the taxing district. The taxpayer's primary residence may include up to 10 acres of undeveloped appurtenant land which are subject to In Arizona, all property is taxable un- the provisions of this program. If you are interested in this option, contact our office for an application. You may qualify if you are: A perma- nent Arizona resident; Have current ti- tled ownership of the property; At least one owner must be 65 or older. Be pre- pared to show proof of your age. The property you own must be your prima- ry resident and you must have been in your residence no less than 2 years. If any part of the property is agricultural, commercial, rental, or other, the prop- erty does not qualify. As all other tax relief programs, in- Page 21 ATTENTION DIABETICS come is also a qualifying factor. The guidelines requires that you provide "Income from all sources" taxable and nontaxable of the household to the As- sessor along with your application. Re- view of your total household income will be base on the following, and does not exceed: Individual $33,504.00/yr; 2 or more $41,880.00/yr. The owner of the property must renew during the last (6) six months of that period to continue the fixed value. For application and additional infor- mation, contact the La Paz County As- sessor's office, 1112 Joshua Ave, Suite 204, Parker, AZ 85344 or call: (928) 669-6165. The application period be- gins January 1 thru February 29 of 2012. DIABETIC SHOES at no cost to you! (In Most Cases) FREE PAIR of Diabetic Socks when sign up for a Complimentary Diabetic Foot Assessment and Diabetic Shoes ATTENTION Arthritis Sufferers NEWLY APPROVED BY MEDICARE JStim 1000 Arthritis Therapy System for Osteorathritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis of the HAND & KNEE. ASK US! Beauty Salon Nu Vu CUTS, PERMS COLORS, PEDICURES NOW OFFERING: • Acrylic Nails • Shellac Nails • Gel Nails Walk-ins Welcome! 500 S. Quartzsite Blvd. Quartzsite Open Mon - Fri. 8-5 928-927-5201 Please join CASA MEDICAL MONDAY, JAN. 23RD 10:30 am - 12 noon AT THE SENIOR CENTER and AT THE QIA MAIN HALL 2:00pm - 4:00pm Accredited by the Joint Commission 435274 To Contact CASA MEDICAL Call 480-941-9493 on Medicare Find Out How You Qualify for

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