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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Property tax benefits for seniors. Removes income limitations on the property tax deduction for individuals who are at least 65 years of age. Enables an individual who is at least 65 years of age and has never claimed a homestead credit and standard deduction for a particular homestead to do so by filing a statement with the county auditor before receiving the property tax bill for the homestead. (Current law requires filing the statement in the 12 months before June 11 of the year prior to the first year of receiving the credit.) Requires the county auditor to recalculate the individual's property tax bill if the statement is filed after tax rates are determined for the individual's county. Provides that the property tax replacement amount distributed to counties may not include the amount of homestead credits granted to individuals whose property tax bills are recalculated. Allows a county to impose a levy to make up property tax collection shortfalls that resulted from recalculated property tax bills in the previous calendar year. Provides that the levy is not subject to levy growth limits. Requires the county to allocate the property taxes among the taxing units in the county according to the ratio each unit's levy bears to the total county levy.