Homeowners should be aware that a "P.R.E." Principal Residence Exemption Form must be filed if they intend to occupy their new home as their principal residence. This form is usually made available to the buyer at the time of closing and allows an exemption of 18 mills of school operating tax. If a homeowner does not have a copy of this form with his closing papers, he may pick up a blank form at the Assessor's Office.
If the property did not have an exemption previously and you owned and occupied the property prior to June 1 to qualify for both current year summer and winter taxes or November 1 to qualify for current year winter taxes only, visit the Assessor's Office as soon as possible to complete and file the Affidavit for Principal Residence Exemption. Call the Assessing Office for more information.