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Understanding Property Taxes

This fact sheet explains why we have property taxes and how they are calculated for your property.

Estimating Market Value

Estimated market value is one of the factors used to determine your property taxes. This fact sheet explains how that value is calculated and used.

How to Appeal your Value and Classification

Discusses what you can do if you disagree with the value and classification of your property as shown on the notice of valuation and classification from your assessor.

Special Agricultural Homestead

Explains the availability of special agricultural homesteads in cases where a farm is not occupied, but is actively farmed by, the owner.

Special Agricultural Homestead Property Owned or Leased by a Qualifying Entity

Explains the availability of special agricultural homesteads in cases where farms are owned by authorized entities, rather than individuals.

Special Agricultural Homestead Property Held Under a Trust

Explains the availability of special agricultural homesteads in cases where farms are held by trusts.

Green Acres Program

Eligibility and other information about Green Acres, which provides property tax relief for owners of agricultural property in areas where land values are rising due to development or other non-agricultural factors.

Rural Preserve Property Tax Program

Eligibility and other information about Rural Preserve, which provides property tax relief to owners of an agricultural homestead that is or was enrolled in Green Acres.

Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral

​The Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program was established to help senior citizens who were having difficulty paying their property taxes. This deferral program has two primary advantages for senior citizens.

State General Levy Tax ​The state general levy tax is a property tax applied only to certain properties. Revenue from the tax is deposited in the state general fund.
The Sustainable Forest Incentive Act

Information and forms about the SFIA, which is designed to encourage owners of forested lands to practice long-term, sustainable forest management.

SFIA Frequently Asked Questions

Provides FAQ's for the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act program.

Homestead Classification

​The homestead classification applies to properties occupied as primary residences by their owners. Classification as a homestead may qualify the property for a reduced classification rate, reduced taxable market value, property tax refund, and/or special program eligibility.

Disabled Veterans' Homestead Property Tax Exclusion ​Explains the Market Value Exclusion on homesteads of disabled veterans, their qualifying Primary Family Caregivers, surviving spouses of qualifying disabled veterans, and surviving spouses of service members who die while in active duty.
Class 2c Managed Forest Land ​Explains how to apply for the 2c Managed Forest Land classification, which provides a reduced tax rate for enrolled forest land.
Special Homestead for Property Owners who are Blind or Disabled (Class 1b) ​Explains Class 1b Homesteads, which provides a reduced classification for homesteads that are owned and occupied by a blind or disabled individual