March 16, 2024

Jackson County has announced the launch of its Senior Property Tax Credit Program to help eligible residents with property tax payments on their home. The program, authorized by a new state law commonly known as Senate Bill 190, freezes an eligible resident’s property tax bill.

Applications for the program are now available. Those who are approved for the program this year will see the tax credit benefit on their bill in 2025.

“Jackson County is dedicated to supporting the well-being of our senior residents, enriching their overall quality of life,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “This initiative offers significant benefits, ensuring financial relief and stability for eligible individuals. We encourage qualified residents to take advantage of the opportunity presented by this valuable program.”

State law established the guidelines for the county program, including the following:

Eligibility Criteria: The program is available to Jackson County residents who are eligible for Social Security retirement benefits and meet specific property ownership requirements.

Tax Credit Amount: The year an application is approved sets the base amount for the property tax bill freeze. This base amount is what an individual will pay moving forward unless there is a change in eligibility.

One Primary Residence: Applicants can only claim one primary residence. The primary residence must be occupied by the eligible resident.

Market Value Maximum: The market value of the property must be less than $550,000 to be eligible for the program in accordance with a law passed by the Jackson County Legislature.

The deadline to submit new applications and supporting documentation via email or in person is December 31 of each year. Once approved, participants will be required to renew their application to stay in the program. Renewal applications are due each year by August 31.

Applications can be found online at Copies will also be available at both Collection Department locations at the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City and the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence.

For further details on the application process, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit the program website at