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Military widows/widowers also eligible for program that offers a discount on property taxes

Clackamas County's tax assessor is reminding local veterans with a disability rating of 40 percent or more that they may be eligible for a property-tax exemption.

Surviving spouses of war veterans may also be eligible for exemptions. The exemption applications are due by 6 p.m. on Monday, April 1, to affect taxes due later this year.

"We want to make sure that our disabled veterans, or their surviving spouses, know about this opportunity to reduce their property taxes," said Clackamas County Assessor Tami Little.

Last year, the basic exemption for a disabled veteran or a surviving spouse was more than $21,386 of assessed value, resulting in an average savings of approximately $350.

"Once veterans are qualified, they don't need to file an annual renewal — the exemption is applied to your current residence, and is not transferrable," Little said. "If you move, or purchase a new home, you will need to file a new application."

Exemption applications must be turned in to Clackamas County's Assessment and Taxation office, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

2019 property taxes are due on Nov. 15. For full information on the program's requirements, how to file and the application itself, visit bit.ly/ClackCoVetsExemption.

Any questions from residents can be directed to the Assessment and Taxation office by calling 503-655-8671 and asking for assistance with the veteran's tax exemption.

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