Senior program to be explained
Winnebago County Treasurer Sue Goral is sending a member of her staff to six locations in the next few weeks to explain the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Program.
This program is a great help to seniors on a fixed income, many of whom are looking for ways to stretch their budgets to include prescription drugs, heating costs and groceries, Goral said. We are happy to answer questions about the deferral program at 987-3010, she added.
The program allows seniors 65 or older to enter an agreement with the state to defer payment of real estate taxes until they sell their homes or their estates are settled.
When one of those occurs, the deferred taxes are due within one year at 6 percent simple interest.
In order to qualify, applicants must be 65 or older, have a household income of $25,000 or less, present proof of homeowners insurance, have no liens on the property, and demonstrate ownership for the previous three years.
Applications are to be filed with the treasurer in whatever county the applicant resides. A representative of Gorals office will be at the following locations:
Jan. 25Hilander, 1715 Rural St., 8 a.m. to noon
Feb. 5Logli, 3150 N. Rockton Ave., 8 a.m. to noon
Feb. 6Logli, 1810 Harlem Rd., 8 a.m. to noon
Feb. 7Stockholm Inn, 2404 Charles St., 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 8Grays IGA, 3214 Auburn St., 8 a.m. to noon
Feb. 21CherryVale Mall, Bergners ground entrance, 8 to 11 a.m.