April 1 may be April Fools’ Day, but the Fulton County Board of Assessors isn’t fooling around when it comes to filing for homestead exemptions.

In a news release, the county stated anyone who has purchased a new home in 2018 or made changes to their deed may qualify for special exemptions taking effect this year. In November Georgia’s voters approved two referendums involving Fulton County homestead exemptions, and they take effect this year for those who qualify.

Among the homestead exemption changes this year, is one where senior residents over 65 will have their basic homestead exemption increased from $30,000 to $50,000 for the Fulton portion of property taxes. In addition, this exemption does not have income restrictions. This exemption will be automatically applied to any property owners who already has an age 65-plus senior homestead exemption in place, the release stated.

Although several new homestead exemptions were approved by voters in November, most will be automatically applied to existing homeowners. According to the release, to qualify for any of these homestead exemptions, a resident must own and occupy a property as that resident’s primary address as of Jan. 1 of this year and be a permanent legal resident of Fulton.

In addition to the $50,000 homestead exemption, voters also approved another homestead exemption that would put a cap of 3 percent or the rate of inflation/the consumer price index on homes with those funds only going to the Fulton County School District.

For those wishing to apply for these exemptions online can do so by visiting www.fultonassessor.org or they can file for homestead exemption in person at one of the county’s five homestead offices:

♦ Fulton County Board of Assessors, Peachtree Center, North Tower, 235 Peachtree St., Suite 1100, Atlanta (main office)

♦ Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor St., SW, Suite 1018, Atlanta

♦ Fulton County Customer Service Center at Maxwell Road, 11575 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta

♦ North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, NE, Suite 210, Sandy Springs

♦ South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Suite 224, College Park

But since the county does not process senior homestead exemption applications for the cities listed below, residents must contact those cities directly:

♦ Alpharetta: 678-297-6060, ext. 0

♦ College Park: 404-767-1537

♦ East Point: 404-270-7084

♦ Hapeville: 404-669-2100

♦ Fairburn: 770-964-2244, ext. 115

♦ Milton: 678-242-2500

♦ Palmetto: 770-463-3377

♦ Roswell: 770-641-3759

♦ Union City: 770-515-7951

For additional information on homestead exemptions, contact the Fulton County Homestead Call Center at 404-612-6440, ext. 4.

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