Exemption from property tax for seniors; critical race theory – Loveland Reporter-Herald

It’s time to extend the property tax exemption for seniors

This is more than an opinion, but a “senior alert”. If you are at least 65 years old and have lived in your home for 10 consecutive years, you are eligible for a senior property tax exemption. The property tax exemption is also available to eligible disabled veterans. The current property tax exemption is set at $100,000. Expanding the current tax exemption would provide much-needed financial assistance to seniors and disabled veterans. With homeowners experiencing the highest property tax bills in state history and inflation up 7.5% from last year, some sensible changes to the law are needed current.

The current tax exemption should be increased from $100,000 to $200,000 of property tax. This would recognize the rising valuations of current homes. Property assessments vary by home, but it’s estimated that seniors and disabled veterans would receive about $600 to $700 in additional property tax relief at a much-needed time.

Current law does not provide for portability. Seniors are not allowed to move to another dwelling without losing their property tax exemption. Often, an elderly or disabled veteran must relocate for personal or medical needs. They should not be financially burdened with doing what suits their personal or medical needs. Lawmakers need not be myopic about the real issues of rising property taxes and the lack of portability of the property tax exemption for seniors.

It’s time to do what’s right for our seniors and veterans with disabilities. Let your state officials know!

larry roche


A different view of critical race theory

Confronting what we consider to be “new concepts” is not always welcome. Many people feel “assaulted” by a most unwelcome virus. Some of us have hosted politicians who told us that the virus was nothing to worry about and that we could safely ignore COVID.

As the global death toll reached millions and dying patients in tears told reporters they wished they had been vaccinated and wore masks, we slowly changed our tune. Admitting that we were “blind but now we see” is difficult. Some people will always say they were right.

Our children welcomed new music (think jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, rap) or dances (the Charleston and the twist) or new words to express new concepts, while their parents rolled their eyes, scolded them, then found they liked the new stuff.

A new term, “Critical Race Theory” or “CRT,” is decried. Before we get too excited, we could learn what this expression is and what it is not. People fear that it is taught in public schools. It will not happen. CRT is only taught to adults in advanced grades. What these middle schoolers are studying is simply becoming aware of our own biases regarding race.

There are many races within the human race. When we travel and meet new people, we often find that we like them. If we lack money to travel, we can watch travel programs on public television or find new neighbors when our old neighborhood houses are sold to newcomers.

No one will be punished for the mistreatment of Black, Native or Hispanic Americans long ago. We would have less restlessness if we worked and lived righteously in our daily lives. Many of us love the adventure of getting to know new people, their music, their food, their speech, their unique experiences, and they love meeting us and getting to know us. Welcome to the “kingdom of peace”.

Deborah Stucklen

land of love

Penny D. Jackson