Property Tax Relief Programs

General Homestead Exemption

This exemption lowers the equalized assessed value of the property by $6,000.

Home Improvement Exemption

This exemption defers, for four years, any increase in the assessment of the property due to an addition or other improvement to the home for which the Township Assessor would add value.

Homestead Exemption Recapture

The Chief County Assessment Office has authority to recapture taxable value in instances where property owners have received homestead exemptions erroneously.

Natural Disaster

This exemption is for any homestead property in which there was a rebuilt structure following a natural disaster.

Non-Homestead Exemptions

Properties of religious, charitable, and educational organizations, as well as units of federal, state and local governments, are eligible for exemption from property taxes to the extent provided by law.


There are multiple ways that a senior can save money on their property taxes.

Veterans & Disabled Persons

There are multiple ways that veterans and disabled persons can save money on their property taxes.

Properties Held in Trust

When you are applying for a new exemption and the property is held in trust, we must verify that the applicant is a beneficiary of that trust. The exemptions cannot be applied without this verification. Please include a copy of that part of the actual trust agreement which states that the applicant is a beneficiary. This can usually be found on the first few pages of the trust document. Exemptions should be filed at the Shields Township Office. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 847-234-0802.