Property owners reminded to file for exemptions on property they own and live in
MERIDIAN, Texas – The Bosque Central Appraisal District (BCAD) is reminding property owners who own and live on a property to save money on their property tax bill by filing for their homestead exemptions.
“On average, a homestead exemption saved Bosque County property owners $256 on their 2021 property tax bill,” said Chief Appraiser Christopher Moser. “Thanks to new laws and policies, property owners with homestead exemptions are set to enjoy even more reductions in 2022.”
Several types of homestead exemptions are available, including a general residence homestead exemption and exemptions for people over the age of 65, people and veterans with disabilities, and the surviving spouses of service members or first responders killed in the line of duty. To be eligible for a homestead exemption, a property owner must own and occupy a property.
As of Jan. 1, a change in state law allows for property owners to claim a homestead exemption as of the date they own and live on a property instead of waiting until the new year to be eligible.
In May, voters will weigh in on whether to increase school district exemptions from $25,000 to $40,000 and adjust tax ceilings for property owners who have an over 65 or disabled person exemption.
“The new year will give property owners the chance to vote on exemptions that could lower the biggest contributor to their property tax bill – their school district taxes,” said Moser.
BCAD’s customer service team will continue to provide property owners with assistance completing their applications before the May 2 deadline. By calling 254-435-2304, Bosque County residents can speak with a customer service representative who will answer their questions about eligibility and documentation, walk them through their application, and help with submitting a completed application. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Added Moser, “Bosque County residents who have questions about the property tax system or need help with their exemption applications will have several options to connect with us in an easy and convenient way.”
Bosque County property owners can view the current exemptions on their property, review a list of available homestead exemptions, and download or complete exemption application forms online at www.BosqueCAD.com
About the Bosque Central Appraisal District
The mission of Bosque Central Appraisal District, in accordance with the Texas Constitution and the laws of the state, Our Mission is to appraise all taxable property within the boundaries of The Bosque Central Appraisal District in an equal and uniform manner, recognizing we are a public service organization, serving both the taxing entities and the taxpayers. We are committed to creating and maintaining a work environment that provides opportunities for personal growth and one that supports innovation. The Bosque Central Appraisal District strives to earn and keep the public’s trust and confidence in the work we perform, striving to provide quality services and demonstrating a professional attitude. For more information, please visit www.BosqueCAD.com.