Low-income elderly and disabled Sioux Falls homeowners may qualify for property tax rebates
Residents have until April 1 to apply for refunds of up to $500. Participation in the program is up 15% in its second year.
SIOUX FALLS — Low-income elderly and disabled homeowners in Sioux Falls who qualified for a city property tax rebate will receive checks of up to $500 in the coming days.
This is the second year that Sioux Falls residents are eligible to receive the rebates. Participation increased by 15% to 400 households this year and city officials are encouraging homeowners to apply for next year. The deadline is April 1.
“It is a great program for people who might feel the strain of being on a fixed income,” said Shawn Pritchett, finance director for the city. “It is targeted assistance to those who need it the most.”
The city program is tied to the property assessment freeze available from the state of South Dakota.
Applications are available at Minnehaha and Lincoln county treasurer’s offices or on the city’s website at SiouxFalls.org/proptaxrefund . The applications must be submitted to the county, which then forwards the information to the city to send the rebates.
“You don't have to do anything additional. We receive all the information from the county,” he said.
The average check this year is $325.
To qualify, the homeowner must meet income requirements and be at least 65 years old or disabled. The assessed value of the home cannot exceed $317,000. The maximum value is adjusted each year based on the Consumer Price Index.
Recipients must be current on their property taxes to receive the rebate.