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PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR QUALIFYING HOMEOWNERS

BOISE, ID— Democratic Representatives, Senators, and candidates in the Treasure Valley, are raising awareness about a program offered by the Idaho Tax Commission and the Ada County Assessors Office. They are going door-to-door in an effort to educate residents about this important program as part of their continued commitment to serving their community and offering creative solutions to help counter the effects of this economic downturn.

The “Circuit Breaker” Program is an opportunity for homeowners with an annual income of $28,000 or less (after deductions) to receive property tax relief on their home, mobile home, or up to an acre of land. Eligible homeowners interested in taking advantage of this program must have their applications turned into their County Assessors office no later than April 15th, 2010.

To qualify for the “Circuit Breaker” Program, homeowners must have owned and lived in their home prior to the application deadline and also have earned $28,000 or less in the last year. In addition, qualified applicants are also required to meet one or more of the following criteria: be 65 years or older, a widow or widower, legally blind, a motherless or fatherless child under the age of 18, former POW or hostage, a veteran with 10% or more service-related disability, or disabled as recognized by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, and/or the Federal Civil Service. Applications must be submitted yearly.

Representative Burgoyne stated that “I want folks to know that despite these tough economic times, there are programs that can aid them, and I want to get the word out before the application deadline in hopes that more people will take advantage of such programs.” Candidate for District 15 Representative, Brenda Lovell “it's important that we weather this storm together.”

For more information, homeowners should call their county assessor office or the Idaho Tax Commission at (208) 334-7736 in the Boise area, or toll-free at (800) 334-7756. They can also visit the Tax Commission Website at: http://tax.idaho.gov (go to “Property Tax,” then “Homeowner” in the drop-down box).

Please call Representative Chew at 863-5035 for people that are willing to share their stories about how they were surprised that there is such a program, what their qualifier is, and what the process looks like. The assessors are willing to work with applicants to complete their paperwork by April 15th, 2010.

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This program was initiated by former Gov. Cecile Andrus nearly 40 years ago to assist homeowners in property tax savings and has undergone multiple revisions to increase the types of individuals that can benefit from this program. Former Representative Ken Robison, who sponsored legislation to increase the income requirement and author of the 1982 Homeowner Initiative, stated that he “commends Rep. Chew on getting information out to her constituents about this important program.” He went on to say that “it is amazing how few people know about this valuable program.”

Contact: Rep. Sue Chew (schew@house.idaho.gov)

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