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Tisha Hampton

On May 2, 1890, Congress passed the Organic Act, officially creating Oklahoma Territory.

Section six of the Organic Act states that all property must be taxed in proportion to its value, which is the meaning of ad valorem, a Latin phrase meaning "according to value."

As your Logan County Assessor, I am committed to fulfilling that legal obligation in a fair and equitable manner.

As I campaigned for office, I talked to hundreds of Logan County residents and took careful note of their concerns. I continue to keep these concerns in mind as I conduct the property review process and work to ensure that your property is assessed fairly.

It was my intent then and is now, to maintain an open door policy. Please feel free to contact my office whenever you have a question or concern.

And…thank you for providing me the opportunity to serve as your county assessor.


 

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND OTHER PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

If you own property in Logan County and live on it, hopefully you have applied for Homestead Exemption in order to receive a reduction in your taxes. If not, here's some information to explain the process and how to apply for Homestead and other exemptions which may save you money.

Homestead Exemption exempts $1,000 from the assessed value of your property. If your property is valued at $100,000, the assessed value of your home is $11,000, since the county-wide assessment ratio is 11%. Homestead Exemption lowers this assessed value to $10,000. Depending on the school district in which you live, the exemption can save you $71 to $116 on your tax bill.

To qualify for Homestead Exemption, you must own and occupy your property as of January 1. If you apply after March 15, the exemption goes into effect the following year. It’s important to note that though a person may own multiple properties, Homestead Exemption can apply only to the one where you live.

Though the deadline to file for Homestead Exemption is March 15, we are happy to help you complete the application at any time. The simplest way to do this is by calling the assessor’s office at 282.3509. We will fill out the form for you and then mail or email it to you to sign and return. You can also come by the office at 312 E. Harrison to pick up an application. You do not have to reapply for this exemption annually. It is good for as long as you own and live on your property.

An additional exemption available is Double Homestead. This exemption is income-based. To qualify, you must have regular Homestead Exemption and be head of household with a gross household income of $20,000 or less. You apply for this exemption each year, between Jan. 1 and March 15. Bring proof of the previous year's income to the assessor’s office and we will be glad to complete the paperwork for you.

The Property Valuation Limitation is another exemption helpful for seniors. This is commonly called “the freeze.” To qualify for this, you need to be age 65 or older with a gross household income of $67,300 or less. The amount is determined annually by HUD. You can call our office in January to obtain the updated amount. The exemption freezes the appraised value of your homestead property the year you complete the application. The appraised value remains the same until ownership changes or new improvements are added. However, it does not freeze the amount of tax a person pays to fire or school districts. When you apply for this exemption, you need to provide proof of age and total household income from the prior year. As long as your income stays below the HUD level, the freeze remains.

For more information about these and other ad valorem tax exemptions that may save you money, call the assessor's office at 405.282.3509, or see the “important dates” link on this web page. You can also read about ad valorem exemptions on the Oklahoma Tax Commission’s website at www.ok.gov/tax.

 

 


WHERE DOES MY TAX MONEY GO?

Each year you receive a tax statement based on the value of your property, but do you know where the money goes? Do you know what you are paying for?

The attached Tax Levy Table is an example illustrating how ad valorem tax on a $100,337 property is used.

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The description column on the tax table identifies entities which receive money from the value of this property. These include:

Logan County Government, with a millage of 16.89, receives $169.52. This money is used to fund various county offices, such as that of county clerk, assessor, treasurer, sheriff and health department.

The Guthrie School District, at 43.96 mills, gets $441.23. This is allocated for the general fund, building fund and EMS district. (Millage rates for schools differ based on the district in which one resides.)

Vo-Tech District 16, with a millage rate of 15.37, receives $154.27 for their general fund and building fund. All of this adds up to a total tax rate of 76.22 mills, and a total property tax of $765. Some Tax Levy Tables also include a Fire District millage, but this property was not subject to that tax due to its location.

 

 

Contact Information

Telephone: (405) 282-3509
Fax: (405) 282-6090
Postal Address:   

312 E. Harrison, Suite 102
Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044

Logancoassessor@coxinet.net

     
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