Anita Bonds Senior Property Tax Relief Bill Advances Towards Full Passage
At today’s meeting of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, the “Senior Citizen Real Property Tax Relief Act of 2013” (B20-0318) underwent final mark-up and committee vote. The Committee voted to advance the bill to the full Council, where it is expected to pass overwhelmingly tomorrow, Tuesday on a first reading.
The bill, authored by At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds (D – At Large), exempts homeowners aged 75 years or older from paying any real property taxes on their primary residence if they have maintained DC residency for at least 25 years and have a household adjusted gross income of less than $60,000.
“This act will ease the financial burdens of thousands of the District’s low-to-moderate income aging population. These residents have supported the District through dire times; they deserve the opportunity to age in place gracefully and with dignity,” Councilmember Bonds stated. “This legislation aims to make this sentiment a reality,” she added.
The average median household income in DC was $61,835 according to the 2010 US Census. The national poverty rate is 15.1%, but as many as 17% of senior residents in DC live in poverty.
“This measure is a step in the right direction towards making the District of Columbia livable and affordable for people of all ages and income brackets,” stated AARP DC State Director Louis Davis Jr.
Councilmembers Alexander, Barry, Bowser, Cheh, Evans, Graham, Grosso, McDuffie, and Orange co-introduced this bill.