22nd Alaska State Legislature
Information from Representative Jim Whitaker (R)

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State Capitol, Room 411
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Toll Free: (877) 465-3004
Phone: (907) 465-3004
Fax: (907) 465-2070

119 North Cushman Street, Room 213
Fairbanks, AK 99701-2879
Phone: (907) 452-1088
Fax: (907) 452-1146

Sponsor Statement for HB 118
Senior Citizen-Veteran Property Tax Exemption

An Act relating to a mandatory exemption from municipal taxes on certain residences; and providing for an effective date.

Section 29.45.030(e) of Alaska statutes mandates an exemption from municipal property taxes for Alaska's senior citizens, disabled veterans, and widows and widowers who are at least 60 years of age.

While municipalities may allow a one time only filing for a non-senior residential property tax exemption, current Alaska statute requires the recipient of the senior citizen, disabled veteran and widow and widower's exemption to file an application each year in order to qualify. This mandate poses an undue hardship for many of Alaska's citizens; the old and the infirm; who are the least able to comply with a yearly filing requirement.

HB 118 allows each taxing municipality the authority to establish, by ordinance, local procedures for accepting applications for this exemption.

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