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City Council Hopefuls Answer Citizen Questions at Forum

 

October 23, 2019

News photo by Karen AuBuchon Johnson

Candidates for Fountain City Council are shown at the Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition's Candidate Forum Saturday evening at the Fountain Library. Pictured from the left are host Liz Rosenbaum (Founder of the water coalition) Tamara Estes, Gordon Rick, Detra Duncan and Darrell Couch. Not present were Fran Carrick and incumbent Richard Applegate

News photo by Karen AuBuchon Johnson

El Paso County Assessor Steve Schleiker spoke at Saturday's candidate forum about the Homestead Act and answered questions from the audience. He explained, "In November 2000, Referendum A, also known as the Senior Homestead Exemption Act, was approved as an addition to the Colorado Constitution. The Act took effect as of January 1, 2002, for property taxes payable in 2003 and will remain in effect every year hereafter. Specifically, the Act grants an exemption (reduction) up to one-half of the first $200,000 in market value from property taxes for a qualifying residential owner, if funding is available." He continued, "For those who have not previously applied for this program, application may be submitted if you meet the following criteria: The qualifying senior must be at least 65 years of age as of January 1 the year application is made. Must have been the owner of record of the property for at least ten consecutive years prior to January 1 in the year of application. Must occupy the property as his or her primary residence and must have done so for at least ten consecutive years prior to January 1 in the year application is made."

 

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