Knopp: I Want To Send a Strong and Clear Message to Oregon Seniors



Senior Property Tax Deferral

Last week, I introduced a bill to remove sunset date on senior Homestead Property Tax Deferral Program. Senate Bill 672 will help ensure senior and disabled Oregonians to continue to utilize the program. The bill has strong bi-partisan support, with a total of 39 sponsors. The bill will remove the sunset for the Homestead Property Tax Deferral Program and provide long term property tax relief to needed by Oregon’s senior and disabled.

With this bill, Oregonians that currently use Oregon’s Homestead Property Tax Deferral Program won’t be left wondering about their future. Individuals who are currently enrolled in the program are on fixed incomes, making it hard to adjust to rising property taxes. I want to send a strong and clear message that Oregon’s senior and disabled have tax certainty for the long term.

Oregon’s Homestead Property Tax Deferral, established in 1963, was created to help Oregonians stay in their homes by deferring their property taxes until they are paid back or the homeowner no longer lives there. Legislative sessions in 2011 and 2012 have brought change to the Homestead Property Tax Deferral Program. Most recently the legislature expanded coverage to help Oregon Seniors by adding reverse mortgages to the program.

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Currently SB 672 is in the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee

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Pam, Peter, and Paul from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Oregon.

What is CASA?

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Last year, 124 CASA volunteers advocated for 261 children in our tri-county area of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. Due to our limited resources, however, 114 children were in foster care without the critical support of a CASA volunteer.

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