Dallas Increases Homestead Tax Exemption For Seniors

Steven Pickering
June 17, 2019 - 6:17 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The City of Dallas is raising the homestead property tax exemption for people over the age of 65.

Dallas City Council Members say the increased break on city property taxes will help those on a fixed income remain in their homes.

“Many of these senior citizens have either lived in these homes their entire lives or their families have lived in their homes for even longer, and they just can not afford what’s being hit with them at this time,” said Council Member Omar Narvaez. “Our senior citizens deserve a little bit of relief.”

The City Council has raised the exemption from covering the first $90,000 of a home’s value to the first $100,000. “I think that it’s something we need, and I think the seniors have been waiting a long, long time,” said Council Member Tennell Atkins.

The increased tax break means the city will forgo about $3.4 million in property tax revenue. Out-going  Council Member cited that lost revenue in casting the lone vote against the proposal. That lost revenue, he said, could affect city services at a time when the city is already facing other budget constraints.

“My concern is that the marginalized will bear the brunt of this. So I can not support this, we can not afford it. Because the state legislature has put a 3.5% cap on what we’re going to get back from the state,” he said. “So, I can’t do it.”

Felder was the only dissenting vote on the Council, which approved the plan. The Council had last raised the homestead exemption for seniors in 2017, when it decided to link the exemption to the Consumer Price Index. The original proposed increase tied to inflation was from $90,000 to $94,100, but several Council Members pushed for the higher figure of $100,000.