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Gage County residents eligible for a homestead exemption on their property taxes have until June 30 to file an application.

Gage County Assessor Patricia Milligan said property owners who were granted an exemption last year will automatically get an application in the mail next week.

“What we do is go through our list and we find out which ones have not filed and call that person up or write them a letter,” Milligan said. “We do everything we can. The only thing is, we don’t know which ones are out there that turned 65.”

Workers with her department are willing to visit residents who need assistance, if they contact the assessor’s office and request it.

The Nebraska Homestead Exemption application, or certification Form 458, provides relief from property taxes by exempting all or a portion of the taxable value of the residence. The state of Nebraska reimburses counties and other governmental subdivisions for the property taxes lost due to homestead exemptions.

In Nebraska, a homestead exemption is available to people over the age of 65, qualified disabled individuals and qualified disabled veterans and their widows.

Some categories are subject to household income limitations and residence valuation requirements. The income limitations are on a sliding scale.

Milligan said home valuation is also a factor in the exemptions.

“You can be approved on your income, however, if your house is getting up over $200,000, then some of those are disapproved because your house value is too high,” she said. “…There is a cutoff and then you pay on the remainder.”

She estimated that around 1,200 property owners in Gage County qualify for homestead exemptions, which are reimbursed by the state, and that the number of exemptions applied for is staying consistent.

“We’re staying about the same because people are working past the age of 65 now,” she said. “You see it more with the people closer to the 70s. If you still have a job, it’s pretty hard to get the homestead exemption.”

Reach Scott Koperski at scott.koperski@beatricedailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottKoperski.

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