Property Exemptions

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There are three main exemptions that are available to residents to use for appeals to reduce their property taxes:

  • Financial Hardship Exemption
  • Disabled Veteran Exemption
  • Principal Residence Exemption

Financial Hardships

Residents may also appeal to the Board of Review if they are facing financial hardship. To appeal due to a hardship, you must complete a Poverty Exemption Application and provide documentation of income along with other documents (i.e., Federal and State returns, Homestead Credit, mortgage and banking information, etc.) to the Assessor's Office.  

Public Act 253 of 2020 was recently signed which affects the Poverty Guidelines. At this time the 2021 application is unavailable. We hope to have further guidance and an updated form at the beginning of February, 2021.

Disabled Veterans Exemption

Veterans that are disabled and who was discharged from the armed forces of the United States under honorable conditions or his/her surviving unmarried spouse may request an appeal of their property taxes.  An Affidavit for Disabled Veterans Exemption (PDF) most be completed and returned to the Assessor's Office before the December Board of Review.

Principal Residence Exemption

An owner of a property that should have a "principal residence exemption" or "qualified agricultural" on the property by June 1 may appeal to the July Board of Review for the current year and the preceding three years if the exemption was not on the roll.