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Payments, assistance & taxes

Real Estate Tax deferral program

If your Real Estate Tax increases by more than 15% from the previous year, you may be able to postpone payment on the excess amount. If eligible, you can defer payment until the property is transferred or sold. The City will charge a minimum annual interest rate of at least 2%, and the deferred amount will also be subject to a lien.

Eligibility guidelines

Eligibility is based on annual household income. There are four tiers, or levels, of eligibility. The higher your income, the higher your Real Estate Tax must be for you to be eligible for a deferral.

Tier 1: Annual household income is $56,770 or greater. Real Estate Tax must be more than 25% of income. (Example: $60,000 income x 0.25 = $15,000. Real Estate Tax must be more than $15,000 a year to be eligible.)

Tier 2: Annual household income is $40,900–$56,769. Real Estate Tax must be more than 12% of income. (Example: $50,000 income x 0.12 = $6,000. Real Estate Tax must be more than $6,000 a year to be eligible.)

Tier 3: Annual household income is $24,330–$40,899. Real Estate Tax must be more than 8% of income. (Example: $30,000 income x 0.08 = $2,400. Real Estate Tax must be more than $2,400 a year to be eligible.)

Tier 4: Annual household income is $24,329 or less. Real Estate Tax must be more than 5% of income. (Example: $20,000 income x 0.05 = $1,000. Real Estate Tax must be more than $1,000 a year to be eligible.)

Additional requirements

  • Applicants must use the property as their primary residence.
  • All real estate taxes on the property must be up-to-date or under a payment agreement.

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