Senior and disabled Rosenberg homeowners may soon receive larger property tax exemptions.
At this week’s Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, council members agreed to hike tax exemptions on the homesteads of disabled homeowners and those over 65.
Currently, the city offers a 1 percent homestead value exemption or $5,000, whichever is greater, according to city staff.
The current exemption for the disabled homeowner is $45,000, and the exemption for homeowners over 65 years of age is $60,000.
Council agreed to increase the disabled exemption to $60,000 and the over-65 exemption to $75,000.
Further, council suggested enlarging the base homestead exemption amount to 10% of value or $5,000, whichever is higher.
According to Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut, 1,806 Rosenberg residents over 65 and 167 disabled persons are eligible for exemptions.
“I want to raise exemptions,” council member Jacob Balderas said.
“The values have gone up astronomically in the middle of the worst economic depression we’ve had in 100 years.
“This is for home (owners) in the city. This, right here, is direct relief to residents of Rosenberg.”
The rest of council agreed.
“The mission of the city is to provide municipal services,” Mayor Bill Benton reminded council. “We don’t have to give tax cuts.
“But we love to. These are the lowest parts of the cost to the budget in terms of taxation and the relief we can give. This is just a small piece of the pie.”
Changes to exemptions should be submitted to the Fort Bend County Tax Office before July 1 for the 2021 tax year.
This item will be brought back to council for formal consideration.
The next council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 2 at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.
Citizens wishing to speak to the council must sign up before the meeting begins.
Citizens will be allowed to attend council meetings, but must first be screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check; and must wear a protective mask while in Rosenberg City Hall.