Centerville seeks public input on lifting senior citizen tax exemption

March 25, 2013 

Centerville City Council has called a Tuesday meeting to receive public comment about possibly ending or changing a property tax exemption for senior citizens.

The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. at City Hall. Also on the agenda is an item regarding a north entrance to the Houston County Galleria.

Residents over 70 years old are exempted from city property taxes. City Council has talked about ending the exemption for more than a year and has spent several months deciding whether to pose the question to residents on the November ballot.

At a meeting last week, a councilman and two residents asked about limiting the exemption to properties valued at less than $100,000. Patrick Eidson, city administrator, said Tuesday’s meeting is an opportunity to hear more input.

According to Eidson, the exemption has cost Centerville more than $2 million over the past decade.

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