Nevada County Treasurer-Tax Collector Tina Vernon is calling on Governor Brown to help seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes by reauthorizing the Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property Tax Postponement program(AB 2231) . Vernon says the program, which was shuttered in 2009 by then Governor Schwarzenegger during the economic downturn, was designed to assist seniors and disabled individuals to pay their property taxes by applying to the State Controller for assistance.
Vernon says the Controllers office would charge interest and make sure the county’s receive property taxes as due.
The program would be open to low-income seniors and disabled persons with an annual income of less than $34,000, who also maintain 40% equity in their homes.
Vernon says before the previous program was De-funded, 53 seniors and disabled in Nevada County relied on the program.
Vernon says Nevada County has 52 properties currently slated to be sold at tax auction on November 15 of this year if not redeemed. Vernon says A handful of these may be individuals that would qualify for the Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property Tax Postponement program. Vernon says the bill has been presented to the governor as an urgency bill so it could be signed in time to help the seniors and disabled currently facing tax auction of their homes. She is urging concerned citizens of Nevada County to launch a letter writing campaign to the Governor, urging him to reinstate the program. . Vernon says she has posted a sample letter to send to the governor on the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s County Website.
Here is the direct link to the letter. http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/ttc/Pages/Property-Tax-Postponement-Program.aspx
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