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Property tax relief available for seniors

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YAKIMA, Wash -- Senior citizens and the disabled may be paying too much in property taxes.

The Senior Exemption Program was designed to exempt seniors and disabled individuals from paying taxes in certain situations.

"They are exempt from 100 percent of voter levies," said Jacob Tate, of the Yakima County Assessor's office. "In some situation they can be exempt from regular levies the city, county and state as well."

Anyone who is older than 61 or disabled -- and has an income of less than $35,000 -- is eligible for the program.

The law is not new. More than 100,000 people across the state took advantage of it last year - saving more than $150 million.

"Its a big deal for them. Some of them are struggling to get by every year and having this taken off, this burden take off is quite helpful," explained Tate.

According to Tate, about 5,500 seniors in Yakima currently use the exemption.