Every spring, the City of Winchester helps out elderly and disabled people save some money on their real estate tax.
Right now, the City is accepting applications for the 2013 Real Estate Tax Relief Program.
This is a full or partial tax relief program for homeowners who are permanently disabled or over the age of 65.
All applicants must make less than $50,000 a year and meet other requirements.
Commissioner of the Revenue Ann Burkholder says it's great to know that this program helps so many.
"Most of these people who come in here, really, really need the help. They've worked hard all their lives, they're now in the position where they'd like to stay in their own homes. We certainly want people. It's better for the city to have people living in homes that they own and can stay there," said Burkholder.
She says last year the tax rate was 95 cents for every hundred dollars.
In the past, she says the city has given about $500,000 dollars in assistance.
So far, they've contacted 550 people who either applied in the past or have requested an application.
All paperwork must be turned in by April 1, 2013.
Forms are available in City Hall; on the City website; or by mail upon request.
Rouss City Hall
15 N. Cameron Street
P.O. Box 706
Winchester, Va 22601