Denver expands a property tax relief program to include low-income families

The program was originally for seniors and people with a permanent disability.

Homes in Green Valley Ranch. Dec. 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Homes in Green Valley Ranch. Dec. 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver is expanding a program that has provided partial refunds of property taxes to seniors, an offer designed to help people stay in their homes as costs rise.

What’s new is summarized in a name change, from the Elderly or Disabled Refund Program to the Denver Property Tax Relief Program.

Starting May 1, households with children that earn up to 40 percent of the area median income can apply. Adults 65 and older and those with a permanent disability who had been eligible for support under the old program can continue to apply. The average refund is between $400 and $500, according to a press release from the city.

Tenants can also get rental refunds under the program.

Last week assessors from every Denver metro county held a press conference to present the latest property value reviews, kicking off a process that will end with new tax bills early next year. Notices to Denver property owners went out last week.

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