[Adopted by the Town Commission of the Town of Zolfo Springs as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-28-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-02]
In accordance with Section 6(d)(1) of Art. VII of the Florida Constitution and Section 196.075 of the Florida Statutes, any person 65 years or over who has legal or equitable title to real estate located in the Town of Zolfo Springs and maintains thereon his/her permanent residence which qualifies for and receives homestead exemption pursuant to Section 6(a), of Art. VII of the Florida Constitution, and whose household income does not exceed $20,000 (as adjusted pursuant to § 250-5) shall be entitled to make application for an additional homestead exemption of $25,000. This additional homestead exemption, if granted, shall be applicable to all ad valorem tax millage rates levied by the Town of Zolfo Springs.
Every person claiming the additional homestead exemption pursuant to this article must file an application therefor with the Hardee County Property Appraiser not later than March of each year for which such exemption is claimed. Such application shall include a sworn statement of household income for all members of the household and shall be filed on a form prescribed by the Florida Department of Revenue. On or before June 1 of each such year every applicant must file supporting documentation with the Property Appraiser. Said documentation shall include copies of all federal income tax returns, wage and earning statements, and such other documentation as required by the Property Appraiser, including documentation necessary to verify the income received by all members of the household for the prior year.
Failure to file the application and sworn statement by March 1 or failure to file the required supporting documentation by June 1 of any given year shall constitute a waiver of the additional exemption privilege for that year.
This additional exemption shall be available commencing with the 2017 tax roll, and the Property Appraiser may begin accepting applications and sworn statements for the year 2017 tax roll as soon as the appropriate forms are available from the Department of Revenue.
Commencing January 1, 2017, and each year thereafter, the $28,482 annual income limitation in this article shall be adjusted annually and applicable as of January 1 of that year. The annual income limitation shall be adjusted by the percentage of change in the average cost-of-living index for the calendar year immediately prior to that year. As used therein, "index" shall be the average of the monthly consumer price index figure for the stated period, for the United States as a whole, issued by the United States Department of Labor.
The Clerk of this Commission shall file a copy of this article in appropriate books and records, and prior to December 1, 2017, a copy shall be delivered to the Property Appraiser.