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Applications available for senior assessment freeze

Senior citizens ages 65 and older can apply for a real estate assessment freeze through July 3.

The assessment freeze is an exemption that allows qualified senior citizens to have their assessment frozen at a base year value, according to a news release. The exemption does not freeze the overall tax bill, just the assessed value.

To qualify, the owner must be 65 years old or older, have owned and lived in the property from Jan. 1, 2012, to Jan. 1, 2013, and have a total household income of $55,000 or less for 2012.

Those filing for the exemption should bring a Social Security statement and the front page of their federal income tax form. Those who do not file income taxes should bring another form of income verification instead.

For information, call the county assessment office at 815-895-7120. Staff there can help applicants complete the form, and a free notary service is available.

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