McKinney increases homestead exemption by $5,000 for residents ages 65 and older, disabled individuals

The city of McKinney announced that Empress Drane will start as the new city secretary on July 2.

The city of McKinney announced that Empress Drane will start as the new city secretary on July 2.

McKinney City Council approved to increase the residential homestead exemption during Tuesday’s meeting from $60,000 to $65,000 for residents ages 65 and older and an individual who is disabled.

Last year, City Council increased the homestead exemption from $50,000 to $60,000.

According to a presentation given at council, for every $5,000 increase in the homestead exemption, eligible homeowners will pay $27 less in taxes at current tax rate and non-eligible homeowners will pay $3.46 more in taxes given the current tax rate. The city’s 2017-18 tax rate is $0.541 per $100 valuation.

By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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