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Senior Property Valuation Protection Information


The Senior Property Valuation Protection Option (Senior Freeze) is available to residential homeowners, 65 years of age or older, who meet specific guidelines based on income, ownership, and residency (Arizona Constitution, Article 9, Section 18.) Please be aware, the program will freeze the Full Cash Value of your property for three years, regardless if future property values increase or decrease.

If you are applying for the first time, please submit
your application in person to the Assessor’s Office. The valuation freeze is for three years and is renewable after that time period, if the property owner still qualifies. This does not freeze your property tax bill but does freeze property valuation. Please carefully read the information below and contact our office if you have any questions about the process.

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Application Deadline:

March 2nd thru September 1st, 2015

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Important to Note:

It is important to understand, should you qualify for the program your TAXES are NOT FROZEN.

The freeze applies only to the FULL CASH VALUE of your property and will remain frozen even in the event of a declining real estate market. Any changes to the property such as new construction or demolitions that will change your FULL CASH VALUE will result in the removal of the freeze.

Until your limited value reaches the amount of your full cash value, your taxes may increase. In addition, if the taxing jurisdictions in your area increase their tax levies, your taxes may also increase.

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Qualifications:

  1. AGE: At least one property owner must be the minimum qualifying age of 65 at the time of application.

  2. RESIDENCE: The property must be the owner(s) primary residence. A "primary" residence is that residence which is occupied by the property owner(s) for an aggregate of nine months of the calendar year. A qualified owner can have only one primary residence and must have resided in the residence for two years at the time of application. This protection includes up to ten acres of land including the primary residence identified by one parcel number. Please bring your Arizona Driver License or Arizona ID Card. If your license or ID card are less than 2 years old, please bring supporting documentation that shows at least two years of residency at your current address; voter registration card, utility statement, vehicle registration, etc.

  3. OWNERSHIP: If the property is held in trust, provide proof of trustees along with the application to determine ownership eligibility. Any change in ownership may result in the loss of the Freeze.

  4. INCOME LIMIT: All gross income, taxable and non-taxable, of all owners will be used to determine eligibility.

    $35,184 - One Owner
    $43,980 - Two or More Owners

  5. INCOME VERIFICATION: When applying for property valuation protection, documentation (W-2's, 1099's, & tax returns) to verify all gross income, residency and age must be submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted in person to the Assessor's office; NO applications by mail will be accepted. The list below offers examples of acceptable income verification forms.

    • Federal Income Tax Return
    • Dividends & Interest
    • Business/Farm Income
    • Veteran Disability Pension Ins
    • Alimony/Welfare Payments
    • Social Security Benefits
    • Capital Gains/IRA Income
    • Rent & Royalty Income
    • Workman's Compensation
    • Retirement/Pension & Annuity
    • Wages/Salaries/Tips
    • Disability Compensation
    • Railroad Retirement
    • AZ Unemployment

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  7. REQUALIFICATION: Once qualified, the freeze is in effect for a three-year period, unless otherwise indicated by law. The Assessor will notify the property owner(s) six months prior to the expiration of the current period, reminding them they must re-qualify for the protection to continue.

Assessor's Office
31 N Pinal Street
Building E
Florence, AZ 85132

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM

Office: 520.866.6361
Fax:    520.866.6353