Impact on Senior Citizens

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On October 24, 2005, the Board of Trustees of South Texas College froze property taxes on the homesteads of elderly (age 65 and over) and disabled residents.  The STC Board established that any increases to its levied tax rate would not apply to the homestead of elderly or disabled voters who have been approved for the exemption by the county in which their property resides.

This freeze is available to qualified residents who file Form 50-114, Application for Residence Homestead Exemption, with the appraisal district for the county in which the property is located.

The proposed Bond and Maintenance election will raise property tax rates by approximately 3 ½ cents per $100 valuation.  However, for those qualified under this residence homestead exemption, the proposed Bond and Maintenance election will not increase their primary residence property tax rate.

The State of Texas authorizes this exemption through Tax Code 1.13 and §11.131.  Please contact your County Tax Assessor for more information on Form 50-114, Application for Residence Homestead Exemption.

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