~ As the deadline for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Freeze Credit application passed on June 30, 2024, the Assessor's office has reported a record number of applicants. According to official records, over 5,500 senior citizens have applied for the credit before the deadline.

The application process opened on March 1, giving seniors ample time to submit their applications through an online portal or by mail or hand delivery. The Assessor's office will continue to process these applications for the next 30 to 60 days. All applicants will receive a letter from the office informing them of their approval status.

This year's application period followed a strict timeline, with the opening date set for March 1 and the closing date on June 30. This timeline will remain in place for both new and returning applicants next year.

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In addition, on May 17, 2024, the Missouri legislature made changes to the eligibility requirements for this program. The requirement to be eligible for Social Security benefits has been removed as it was found that some professions such as teachers, railroad employees, firefighters and federal employees do not pay into Social Security. This change is expected to allow more seniors to apply for the credit.

If signed by the Governor, these changes will go into effect on August 28, 2024. The City has also announced that they will allow anyone who was previously unable to apply due to these restrictions to do so once this law goes into effect.

For more information about the Senior Property Tax Freeze Credit and its eligibility requirements, interested individuals can visit [insert website/link].

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