Elderly Assistance Fund - Primary School District Tax Reduction





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type



Counties with populations of over 2 million people are required to have a fund to reduce school district taxes. The county treasurer shall use the monies in the fund to proportionately reduce the primary school district taxes that are levied against the property of all qualified individuals in the county for the following tax year.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Credit to the property tax bill

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Eligible property includes an individual’s primary residence and up to 10 acres of undeveloped appurtenant land. “Primary residence” means all owner occupied real property and improvements to that real property in the state that is a single family home, condominium, townhouse or an owner occupied mobile home and that is used for residential purposes.

Eligibility Criteria



Income Ceiling

Principal Residence

Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

he benefit is limited to residents of the state who are 65 years of age or older. For married couples, at least one of the owners must be 65 years or older. Total income from all sources including nontaxable income shall not exceed 400% of the supplemental security income benefit rate of the Social Security Act for singles or 500% for married couples. The benefit is limited to individuals who live in an organized school district. Eligibility is limited to those individuals who are eligible for a property assessment freeze.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

Local government covers all of its tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

Local governments fund this benefit from monies in elderly assistance fund. Funding for this benefit comes from a portion of the interest paid when a real property tax lien is redeemed. When this happens, the county treasurer shall deposit an amount in the elderly assistance fund that is equal to the difference in the amount of interest prescribed by statute--16%--and the amount of interest stated in the certificate of purchase.

Record ID



House Bill 2821 provided for the creation of elderly assistance in qualifying counties, effective September 2006. The one county that is required by statute to have this fund established it in February 2007.


Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 42-17401 (in effect for 2007); Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 42-18153 (in effect for 2007)
Source Constitution: 
A.R.S.. Const. Art. IX, § 18 (7); A.R.S. Const. Art. IX, § 18 (9)
Assistance Programs (no date) Maricopa County Treasure's Office [http://treasurer.maricopa.gov/taxguide/assistance.htm Assessed 11/18/10]
View Archived Source
2006 Ariz. Session Laws ch. 143 § § 1,8,9 (Second Regular Session)

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