Assessor

LATE  BREAKING  NEWS

IMPORTANT  PUBLIC  SERVICE  ANNOUNCEMENT

FROM YOUR GILA COUNTY ASSESSOR DEBORAH HUGHES

You may now apply for the Senior Property Valuation Protection Program (“Senior Freeze”).   This program provides important benefits to property owners.  Here’s how:

SENIOR PROPERTY VALUATION PROTECTION  (“SENIOR FREEZE”)

Benefit: ‘Freezes’ the Limited Property Value of a primary residence owned by seniors (age 65+) for three years. Owner must have resided in the primary residence for at least two (2) years prior to application.

Only the limited property value is “frozen.”  Taxes are not “frozen” and will continue to be levied at the same rate as all other properties in the taxing district.

Qualifying Criteria:

Ownership: Applicant must own the property.

Residency:

Property must be the primary residence of the taxpayer. ‘Primary Residence’ is defined as the residence which is occupied by the taxpayer for nine (9) months of the calendar year.

Owner must have resided in the primary residence for at least two (2) years prior to application.

If the primary residence is a mobile home (personal property), the applicant's name must be on the title of the property.

Age: Owner must fill out an application to apply.  At least one of the two owners must be 65 years of age. Proof of age is required.

Income Limit:  All income, taxable and non-taxable, of all owners is used to determine eligibility.  This income must be verified for three years prior to the year in which the freeze becomes effective.  The three-year average of total income cannot exceed the following limits for 2019:  

                              $37,008 One Owner                           $46,260 Two or more owners

To remain eligible, the owner is required to renew every 3 years. For those already on the “Senior Freeze”, the Assessor’s Office mails out renewal applications in the renewal year.

Applications are accepted January through September 1st each year.

 

For more information, contact our Payson Office at (928) 472-7973 or
our Globe Office at (928) 402-8714.