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Property, lots & housing

Enroll in the 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 $73,751 or more. Real Estate Tax must be more than 25% of income. (Example: $80,000 income x 0.25 = $20,000. Real Estate Tax must be more than $20,000 a year to be eligible.)

Tier 2: Annual household income is $52,701-$73,750. Real Estate Tax must be more than 12% of income. (Example: $60,000 income x 0.12 = $7,200. Real Estate Tax must be more than $7,200 a year to be eligible.)

Tier 3: Annual household income is $31,601-$52,700. Real Estate Tax must be more than 8% of income. (Example: $50,000 income x 0.08 = $4,000. Real Estate Tax must be more than $4,000 a year to be eligible.)

Tier 4: Annual household income is $31,600 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.)

Annual income
Household size Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
1 $51,651 and up $36,901 – $51,650 $22,151 – $36,900 $22,150 or  less
2 $59,001 and up $42,201 – $59,000 $25,301 – $42,200 $25,300 or less
3 $66,401 and up $47,451 – 66,400 $28,451 – 47,450 $28,450 or less
4 $73,751 and up $52,701 – $73,750 $31,601 – $52,700 $31,600 or less
5 $79,651 and up $56,951 – $79,650 $34,151 – $56,950 $34,150 or less
6 $85,551 and up $61,151 – $85,550 $36,701 – $61,150 $36,700 or less
7 $91,451 and up $65,351 – $91,450 $39,201 – $65,350 $39,200 or less
8 $97,351 and up $69,601 – $97,350 $41,751 – $69,600 $41,750 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 – see example 2 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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