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The Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption is available to applicants who are at least 65 years of age as of January 1 of the year of application, who have owned their home for at least 10 consecutive years as of January 1, of the year of application, and have occupied it as their primary residence for at least 10 consecutive years as of January 1 of the year of application. The Senior Citizen exemption is also available to surviving spouses of senior citizens who met the requirements on any January 1 after 2001. Limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the qualifications section of the application.
You can apply for the Senior Exemption in person or by mail. Apply in person at the Assessor’s Office by filling out and filing a Senior Exemption Form. You can also apply by mail. Simply print out and complete the form and return it to the Assessor’s Office at P. O. Box 506, Telluride, Colorado 81435.
San Miguel County does allow senior citizens and disabled citizens to work a maximum of 100 hours per year for the county in order to offset what they owe in property taxes. Please call the Chief Deputy Clerk to the BOCC at 970-728-3844 for details. The Application for Employment can be found here, along with County Resolution 2009-34.