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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 pay the excess amount at a later date (defer payment). 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 and size. 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. Below are four examples of a 4-person household.

Tier 1: Annual household income is $66,151 or more. Real Estate Tax must be more than 25% of income. (Example: $70,000 income x 0.25 = $17,500. Real Estate Tax must be more than $17,500 a year to be eligible.)

Tier 2: Annual household income is $47,251-$66,150. 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 $28,351-$47,250. 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 $28,350 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.)

Monthly income
Household size Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
1 $46,351 and up $33,101-$46,350 $19,851-$33,100 $19,850 or less
2 $52,951 and up $37,801-$52,950 $22,701-$37,800 $22,700 or less
3 $59,551 and up $42,551-$59,550 $25,551-$42,550 $25,550 or less
4 $66,151 and up $47,251-$66,150 $28,351-$47,250 $28,350 or less
5 $71,451 and up $51,051-$71,450 $30,651-$51,050 $30,650 or less
6 $76,751 and up $54,851-$76,750 $32,901-$54,850 $32,900 or less
7 $82,051 and up $58,601-$82,050 $35,201-$58,600 $35,200 or less
8 $87,351 and up $62,401-$87,350 $37,451-$62,400 $37,450 or less
Real Estate Tax Liability must be Real Estate Tax greater than 25% of annual household income Real Estate Tax greater than 12% of annual household income Real Estate Tax greater than 8% of annual household income Real Estate Tax greater than 5% of annual household income

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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