Property tax help for seniors and the disabled going unused

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  • Burnham Bountiful, Utah
    April 29, 2013 5:32 a.m.

    gridley is right. My property taxes have more than doubled in the years I've been in my home. We are elderly and infirmed but because we are not at rock bottom poverty level we do not qualify. The amount of income hasn't increased hardly at all since the inception of this program and legislators should look at increasing the dollar amount. We are on a fixed income and everything keeps going up, Obamacare costs are already making it more difficult as insurance companies have doubled premiums. We haven't gotten double our income! Anyway,seniors in many states are not required to pay property taxes at the regular rate. Utah needs to get on board and not keep their seniors so financially strapped that they can't provide food or medicines to themselves.This is a good program but it just doesn't do enough for seniors. The dollar amount of income is way too low. How about stopping taxes on social security income as well?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 29, 2013 2:58 a.m.

    This property tax lie is not intended to help the elderly. Anyone on SSA or retirement cannot qualify. Any elderly facing foreclosure for tax liability and unpaid medicaid care will be thrown out of their home, this program is not intended to help the elderly. Its an expansion of the welfare system and you have to qualify for welfare to be able to think about qualifying for tax abatement's.

    The state has to throw people out of their homes so they can confiscate the property for unpaid medicaid care. Yes, the Utah health care exchange is behind it all and put liens on homes to recover money for medicaid that is supposed to be an entitlement of this insurance plan we pay for 50 years of working.

    People who receive homes as gifts, disabled, and on welfare are not getting medicaid, medicare, or SSA can request tax relief. This story is a lie. To apply and receive this aid being elderly is not a part of the qualification to receive this adjusted tax lien. Welfare has a higher priority than age or cost of living expenses. Cost of living and medical debt or poverty is excluded and irrelevant.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    April 29, 2013 2:05 a.m.

    The state changed the way they approve people by counting all people in the house's income. Many elderly that had family living with them as care givers stopped qualifying.

  • gfridley Lake Point, UT
    April 28, 2013 7:18 p.m.

    Property ownership was very important to our Founding Fathers! I agree that the money needs to come from somewhere just not from my property! We homeschool our children and yet the bulk of my property taxes goes to the public education system. Direct taxation of goods and services would provide what is needed for all of the afore mentioned services. My property taxes increased 15% and the county wants more! Where does it end?

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    April 28, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    The funds that maintain a fire department, police department, roads, schools and such must come from somewhere, (try living in a large community without these things), but at some point the burden should lighten, not increase.

  • Jacob_Z Brigham City, UT
    April 28, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    All taxes on residential property should be abolished so that people actually own their homes.