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The City of Port Wentworth provides a $40,000 homestead exemption off the assessed value of residential properties within City limits. Residents who own and occupy a home and the land it rests on as their permanent place of residence, as of January 1 of the taxable year are eligible for homestead exemption.
Applicants for homestead exemption owning two or more dwelling houses shall be allowed the exemption granted by law on only one of the houses as only one homestead shall be allowed to one immediate family group. Rental property does not qualify.
Only persons who reside on the property and whose name appears on the title can file for exemptions. Applications must be completed by the property owner, unless another party has been granted power of attorney.
A homestead exemption reduces the taxable value of your home.
Failure to file within the allocated time for the homestead exemption constitutes a waiver of exemption for that tax year. Georgia law does not provide for extension of time for filing for whatever reason. All exemptions, once approved, are automatically renewed each year until eligibility changes.
If you have previously applied for a homestead exemption, you do not need to re-apply. If you filed for a homestead exemption with Chatham County, you must also apply with the City of Port Wentworth.
Mayor and Council shall serve as the appeal board for review of a denial of a homestead exemption. Any resident may appeal to the Mayor and Council who will coordinate efforts to appeal with the city administrator.
A written appeal must be filed within thirty (30) days after receipt of denial of homestead exemption. The appeal must be filed with the city administrator by certified mail, return receipt.
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