REP. MIKE MCLANE
HOUSE DISTRICT 55
For Immediate Release
June 18, 2013
Contact: Kevin Curry, 503-986-1351
OREGON HOUSE VOTES TO RESTORE SENIOR PROPERTY TAX DEFERRAL
SALEM, OR – The Oregon House of Representatives voted today to provide relief for Oregon seniors who were disqualified from the Senior and Disabled Property Tax Deferral Program in 2011. The legislation, HB 2510-B, allows people who were kicked out of the program under new, more stringent requirements to participate in the program again beginning in 2014.
“As our economy continues to recover, this measure will provide important relief to Oregon’s seniors,” said rep. Mike McLane (R – Powell Butte). “I am glad we were able to fix this program and add more Oregonians back onto it.”
In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 2543 which made requirements for participating in the Senior and Disabled Property Tax Deferral Program more rigid. This was done to protect the financial viability of the program. As a result, participants with reverse mortgages or who lived in their homes less than five years were disqualified from the program. This new legislation allows participants who were disqualified in 2011 due to their reverse mortgage, not meeting a 5-year residency requirement, or both reasons, to participate beginning in 2014. It caps the number of new participants at 700.
Those who wish to determine their eligibility can contact Rep. Mike McLane’s office at 503-986-1400 for assistance. The 700 spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis, with applications being accepted from January 1, 2014 to April 15, 2014.