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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Marion County commissioners unanimously pass Amendment 11

Amendment 11 has passed with unanimous support from all five commissioners during this week’s Marion County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting.

The amendment grants additional tax exemptions for senior citizens provided that certain requirements are met.

In 2012, this amendment first passed Florida legislature and granted counties and municipalities the ability to grant the exemption.

Residents who wish to apply for the exemption must meet the following criteria:

  • Their property value must be less than $250,000.
  • The property owner must have maintained permanent residency on the property for no less than 25 years.
  • The property owner must be at least 65 years old.
  • The property owner must have a low household income as defined by general law.

According to the Florida Department of Revenue, the income limitation amount for 2021 is $31,100.

Marion County performed extensive research on the impact that the exemption would have on both the county and its residents. More than 8,700 parcels in unincorporated Marion County were found to meet the first three criteria for the exemption, and per information from the Property Appraiser’s office, it was estimated that 10% of those parcels would meet the income threshold.

With the unanimous support from all five county commissioners, Marion County has become the 16th Florida county to offer the tax exemption to its residents.

For more information on the amendment and documents relating to the impact it will have on Marion County, visit the Marion County Amendment 11 webpage.