My husband turned 65 on Jan. 21, 2011. On Jan. 10 of that year, he went to the tax office in Carroll County to check on his taxes and asked about the over-65 homestead tax credit. I went with him because of the snow.
He told the girls he would be 65 in a few days. They acted like they did not know what he was talking about. He went back to the office concerning a tag for my car on Sept. 18, 2012, and again asked about the over-65 exemption, and one of the girls pulled it up on the computer and showed him he was getting a homestead exemption of $300. Bill told them it looked like he should be getting more than the $300. We never received additional credit.
We met with the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 5, 2019, concerning the credit. The board ruled that we could only get the over-65 exemption for 2018 forward.
This was not fair. The credit would have amounted to $435 per year for the last eight years, or a total of approximately $3,486. We believe there are many people over 65 who are not receiving this exemption. They are overpaying, and just as in our case, the county is keeping the money.
I think if you want to serve your community, you should investigate. There is more to this story, but we will leave it here.