NORWICH – Senior property tax exemption levels in the City of Norwich hadn’t been increased since 1994, and every year, as Social Security would increase by a small percentage, a few more seniors would find themselves ineligible for the exemption. But last week, the city revised its tax exemption levels.
“The city increased their levels to be equal to what the county is at,” said City Assessor Stephen Harris. The city operates its senior property tax exemption system on a sliding scale. Prior to last week’s updates, seniors who made less than $14,900 a year would be eligible for a property tax exemption of 20 to 50 percent. With the revisions, seniors who make less than $16,700 can qualify for an exemption of 20 to 50 percent.