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August Forum to explore potential changes to the Senior Property Tax Exemtion …
The forum took place on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. We streamed and recorded the main presentation – see the video below.

Colorado Forum on the Senior Property Tax Homestead Exemption Video
August 14, 2018 – Denver, Colorado

August 14th Event Program and Materials

This webpage includes links to the event program and other resources and materials shared at the event. At the bottom of this webpage are additional resources about the Senior Property Tax Homestead Exemption.

August 14, 2018 Event Program – CLICK HERE

Senior Property Tax Homestead Exemption Primer – PowerPoint – CLICK HERE
Presented by Presented by Greg Sobetski – Legislative Council Staff – Senior Economist

Senior Property Tax Homestead Exemption Handout – CLICK HERE
by Greg Sobetski – Legislative Council Staff – Senior Economist

Colorado Aging Budget Overview with Pie Chart – General Fund 2017-2018 – CLICK HERE

Forum Survey – CLICK HERE

Your event hosts were:
Colorado Gerontological Society – senioranswers.org
Colorado Senior Lobby – About Us
Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging – colorado.gov/agingstrategy

Resources on the Senior Property Tax Exemption Program

Colorado Department of Treasury Reviews Senior and Veteran Property-Tax Programs – CLICK HERE

PowerPoint from Colorado’s State Budget on Aging – Sam Zacher, Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting
Presented April 9, 2018 to Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging (SAPGA) – CLICK HERE

Colorado Joint Budget Committee (JBC) Memorandum – Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption
March 2017 – CLICK HERE

Colorado Legislative Council Staff – History of the Senior Property Tax Exemption
November 2016 – CLICK HERE

Sign up for the Senior Property Tax Exemption

Colorado Property Taxation
The Division of Property Taxation coordinates and administers the implementation of property tax law throughout the state and operates under the leadership of the property tax administrator, who is appointed by the State Board of Equalization (state board).

Senior Long Form –CLICK HERE
Senior Long Form Instructions – CLICK HERE

Senior Short Form – CLICK HERE
Senior Short Form Instructions – CLICK HERE

Source: colorado.gov/dola/property-taxation
Forms are listed on this webpage under the link of “Exemptions”

Background on the Senior Property Tax Exemption

Coloradans age 65 and older and those who own a home need to attend a special August event to find out what changes may be considered for the senior homestead property tax program when the state legislature next convenes in January.

At stake is more than $150 million in state funds dedicated to senior property tax breaks in the state. Policy makers are looking to divert these funds from seniors to other programs. More than 240,000 Colorado seniors (and growing) currently qualify for tax breaks provided by those funds.

The magnitude of the future of this tax break could have major implications for Colorado homeowners who use the tax break to continue to live in their own homes.

In this law’s 18 years of existence, there have been more than 30 pieces of legislation proposed to modify the law – including the 2006 addition of Colorado’s fully disabled veterans. In six of the 18 years, the legislature has chosen to zero out the exemption, eliminating any property tax credit in these years for seniors.

In recent years, there has been an interest in reducing and/or trimming these dollars dedicated to seniors to support various other, non-senior related, programs.

Attendees will hear from a legislative staff expert on the Senior Property Tax Exemption, legislators with oversight of the state budget and a panel of individuals and organizations representing various perspectives about the senior property tax exemption and its future.

Attendees are being asked to provide input on keeping the benefit as it was originally designed, changing and reallocating a part of the benefit, or offering input on policy and/or laws that would improve their ability to stay in their home as they age. Questions will also be asked about if changes were proposed, what would have the most positive and beneficial impact on seniors who currently receive this tax credit.

Sponsored by Colorado Senior Lobby, legislatively created Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, and Colorado Gerontological Society, the forum will lay out the issues at stake, gather feedback and input, and provide attendees with strategies on how to voice their opinions on the tax breaks.

Our Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors! Please take some time to explore their websites.

50Plus Marketplace News – 50plusmarketplacenews.com
50 Plus Marketplace News is delivered each month to more than 100 cities and towns in 16 Colorado Front Range Counties, which include Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties including NE Colorado, and it’s also distributed throughout several municipalities within Denver Metro Area.

Academy Mortgage Corporation – academymortgage.com – Julie Glassmeyer – 303-987-0708

A Little Help – alittlehelp.org
A Little Help is a nonprofit organization that connects neighbors across ages to enhance lives and strengthen our communities.
Denver and Jefferson County: 720-242-9032
Chaffee County: 719-966-7366
Delta County: 970-527-3482

Bridges Community Homecare & Hospice – BridgesCommunityCare.com – 303-500-5055
Serving Denver and Colorado Springs
At Bridges Community Homecare & Hospice, we believe in working with you, your family, and your physician to develop a plan of care that meets your physical, emotional, and mental needs.

Bright Health – Brighthealthplan.com – Toll Free 844-679-2033 – TTY 711

Colorado Gerontological Society – senioranswers.org

Colorado Senior Lobby – About Us

Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging – drcog.org
With more than 40 years’ experience as the designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for the eight-county region, the Denver Regional Council of Government plans and provides comprehensive services to address the needs of the region’s population of older adults and people living with disabilities.
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) – Information and Assistance – 303-480-6700
Toll-free outside Denver – 1(866) 959-3017

Prime Time for Seniors – MyPrimeTimeNews.com
The Prime Time newspaper prints an average of 50,000 free copies the first Wednesday of each month. The paper is distributed in over 2,000 locations in 13 counties in and around the Greater Denver area. My Prime Time News is the online version of the Prime Time for Seniors newspaper. Both products are owned and operated by Rambler Media, LLC.

Seniors’ Resource Center – srcaging.org – 303-238-8151
Celebrating 40 Years of Helping Older Adults Age in Place. Seniors’ Resource Center is dedicated to enhancing the independence, dignity and quality of life for seniors in the Metro Denver Area and surrounding communities.

SeniorsResourceGuide.com – SeniorsResourceGuide.com
Find news, event calendars and senior service providers online. Sign up for our Colorado Front Range and the national Prepared Senior eNewsletters. Visit our event calendars:
Denver Events – CLICK HERE
Boulder-Northern Colorado Events – CLICK HERE

Silvernest – Silvernest.com
Learn how Silvernest can provide a reliable and rewarding home sharing solution. A unique roommate matching service for baby boomers and empty nesters

Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging – colorado.gov/agingstrategy

United Healthcare Medicare Solutions – uhcmedicaresolutions.com – Connie Ward – 303-725-7009
We wish to thank all of the local newspapers and local organizations across Colorado
that helped promote this event!