Any owner of real property 70 years of age or older who has resided in the City of West Haven for 20 consecutive years shall be eligible to have the amount of taxes to be paid on his/her primary residence frozen at the rate payable at the date of application, if qualified.
To qualify for the tax freeze, the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
The applicant must be 70 years of age or older and must be the owner of record of the property; only one person need apply if property is owned jointly.
The applicant must have resided in the City of West Haven for at least 20 consecutive years.
The applicant's yearly income must not exceed $50,000 for a couple or $35,000 for a single person. Social security payments are not counted toward income.
There are no children residing in the property, under age 25, in which the taxes are to be frozen.
The property on which the taxes are to be frozen must be the applicant's primary residence.
The applicant must provide documentation annually to prove eligibility.
If the property is owned jointly and only one owner meets the age criteria and dies, the surviving owner(s) may keep the taxes frozen on the property so long as they reside in the residence, at least one surviving owner is age 65, and all of the other qualifications of this article are met.
The applicant, if qualified, shall be entitled to pay tax at the amount frozen or such lesser amount as may be levied in any year.
Applications shall be approved and maintained in the office of the Assessor of the City of West Haven, who shall be responsible for the implementation of this article and program.