Senior Advocacy

  • OerviewCouncilmember Anita Bonds is the senior community’s best advocate on the DC Council. She asks the hard questions on how policies and laws will affect senior citizens. One of Bonds’ top priorities is to protect seniors from the burdensome rise in living costs and ensure that those who stayed while the city struggled can afford to remain as the city experiences economic success.
  • Bills Anita SupportedThe Senior Citizens Real Property Tax Relief Act of 2014

Councilmember Bonds believes that long-term senior homeowners and tenants deserve a property tax exemption as they experience gentrification and rising living costs due to the city’s economic success.

Councilmember Bonds authored and passed – with 10 votes – the Senior Citizens Real Property Tax Relief Act of 2014 to ensure that long-term senior homeowners have more money to spend on their families and not on rising property taxes:

  • Funding for the bill was eliminated in the final FY 2015 Budget Support Act and Financial Plan
  • New language, beginning in 2015, provides for a property tax deferral for homeowners and housing cost rebates for senior tenants who use the Schedule H Form when filing their annual tax returns.

Voters should rest assured that Councilmember Bonds will continue to fight for a clear, simple property tax exemption for seniors who have stood with the District of Columbia during the difficult years