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Missouri City Council Approves Homestead Exemption for All Residents

(MISSOURI CITY) – Missouri City City Council has approved an ordinance providing a tax exemption of $25,000 for seniors 65 and older, $20,000 for disabled residents and 2.5 percent for residential homesteads. This is the first time all residential homesteads will receive an exemption.


According to Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, a homestead can be a separate structure, condominium or manufactured home located on owned or leased land, as long as the individual living in the home owns it.


A homestead can include up to 20 acres, if the land is owned by the homeowner and occupied for a purpose related to the residential use of the homestead.


Homestead exemptions remove part of a home's value from taxation.


Visit www.comptroller.texas.gov for more information on how to quality for the 65 and older or disabled persons exemption.


In addition to the residential homestead of 2.5 percent, residents can only receive one type of homestead exemption – either the $25,000 for seniors (65 and older) or $20,000 for disabled persons.


The city’s tax code provides for an exemption from taxation of a percentage of the appraised value of a residence homestead if the exemption is adopted by the governing body before July 1.


“Regardless of whether that amount is one penny or whether that amount is $100,000, any tax relief for our citizens is something I believe is extremely warranted, and if we’re able to do it based on all the scenarios I know I’ve looked at — we have a healthy fund balance, our sales taxes are increasing and we’re really going to be in a good place over the next several years per the forecast — today is a good day to slow-walk ourselves into this and know we’re making the right decision,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Boney.




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