The Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit allows you to claim an exemption on your home which will lower your school tax bill. For you to be eligible for this exemption, you must own and occupy your house as your legal principal residence by May 1 of each year. This form is filed at your local Assessor's Office and is good until you sell your house or change the use of your property to a second home or to a rental home. You may only claim one house as your principal residence.
The forms can be downloaded and printed then can be mailed to the Department of Assessment. The forms can be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat software.
Use this form to add a Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit Exemption to your home or vacant lot adjacent to your principal residence. A separate form must be completed for each parcel number. For more information on the rules on applying for the exemptions, please click on form link above.
Use this form if you sell your property or change the use of your property to a second home or rental property.
An owner may receive the PRE on the previous principal residence for up to three years if that property is not occupied, is for sale, is not leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose.
This is an example of a house with a $50,000 taxable value using a $23.4225 per thousand of value homestead school millage rate vs. a $35.8293 non-homestead school millage rate.
|100% Homestead Exemption||0% Homestead Exemption|
|$1,171 per year in school taxes||$1,791 per year in school taxes|