Am I entitled to a homeowner's exemption on my supplemental tax bill?

You may very well be eligible for a homeowner’s exemption on your supplemental tax bill. Exemptions, however, are not granted automatically. You must apply to the Assessor before 30 days following the date of the notice from the Assessor of your supplemental assessment. As long as the home you purchased did not receive the homeowner’s exemption on the current year’s assessment, and as long as you occupy the home as your principal residence within 90 days of the purchase date, you would be allowed the full amount ($7,000) on the supplemental assessment. If your newly purchased home did receive the full homeowner’s exemption, however, you would not be able to receive the exemption on your supplemental assessment. 


On May 29, 2003 you purchase a home on which no homeowner’s exemption had been allowed. Because you are reassessed on the first day of the month following an ownership change, in the current Fiscal Year you will pay supplemental taxes for the one remaining month. Your 2002-03 supplemental assessment amounts to $20,000. If you file for and qualify for a homeowner’s exemption, the entire $7,000 exemption amount would be deducted from the supplemental assessment BEFORE the taxes are calculated.

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1. What is a supplemental tax bill?
2. How is a Supplemental assessment done?
3. Do I have the same right to appeal the Assessor's supplemental assessed value as I do the annual assessed value?
4. If I receive a supplemental tax bill, will I also receive an annual tax bill in the fall of each year?
5. If I pay my property taxes through an impound account (i.e., with my mortgage payment), will my lender get my supplemental tax bill?
6. What does the supplemental tax bill tell me?
7. What if I purchase a piece of property and then sell it again after a few months?
8. When I purchase property or complete construction at some point during the Fiscal Year, will I be taxed on the supplemental value for the entire Fiscal Year?
9. Is it possible to get more than one supplemental tax bill?
10. When do supplemental tax bills have to be paid?
11. If payment of the supplemental tax bill is not made before the delinquency date because of a misunderstanding between my lender and myself, may I have the penalties excused?
12. What happens if I fail to pay my supplemental tax bill?
13. Can delinquent supplemental taxes be paid on an installment plan?
14. Am I entitled to a homeowner's exemption on my supplemental tax bill?
15. Are other exemptions and assistance programs available that will help defray the amount of supplemental taxes due?