Workshop scheduled to help homeowners apply for St. Joseph County property tax relief

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The St. Joseph County Council recently passed a tax relief program to help citizens deal with the recent rise in home property taxes. With this new ordinance in place, seniors will be assured that they won’t see more than a 2 percent rise on their homes’ property taxes for three years.*
To qualify, residents must be 55 or older; have a homestead deduction; and have lived in their home for 10 years. There is no income limit.
A session will be held next week to help eligible residents sign up for the new tax credit program. It’s set for Thursday, Jan. 11, 10 am to 4:30 pm: St. Joe County Main Library, 304 S Main Street, South Bend, Classroom B
While the County Council does not usually have control over home property tax rates, the state legislature provided this opportunity to counties so they could respond to homeowners who felt burdened by their property tax bills. St. Joseph County was the first county in Indiana to take advantage of this three-year program.
Taxpayers can file for their 2025 tax bill beginning January 1, 2024 and have until December 31, 2024.

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1 comment

Dee MacKenzie January 11, 2024 at 12:45 pm

I attempted to attended the “workshop” today and stood in line behind several hundred other people. That was after spending quite some time trying to find parking. They are actually providing assistance with completing the forms and it’s not strictly a workshop as reported. After standing in line for about 30 mins, I decided to call the City/County Building and spoke to the Auditor who walked me through completing the form online. That might be the best best for many people.


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