Time is short to submit applications for exemptions and discounts on an array of Marin add-on property taxes and agency fees as well as rates on essential services such as water and sewer.
Residents who may qualify include those who are seniors, disabled, have low and MODERATE income, have larger families, and have special circumstances (e.g., medical conditions that require extra water or electricity).
Several agencies also provide financial incentives unrelated to income. Because so many tax- and rate-payers miss out on a cost-saving opportunity for which they qualify, the Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers distributes this informational bulletin to Marin taxpayer-voters each spring, updated to include new discounts and exemptions as well as increased thresholds for income-based exemptions and discounts.
Many Marin individuals and families who consider themselves middle-income qualify for “low income” discounts: Income cutoffs are often at 80% of Marin’s median or the even more generous income levels used by HUD to determine eligibility for housing assistance. All income-based discounts have upward adjustments for family size.
We tell you below how to find out which of the taxes, fees, and rates you pay offer exemptions and discounts, how and when to apply, and how to determine if you qualify.