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Caswell's Bill To Help Seniors Save Their Homestead Exemption


LANSING (WTVB) - State Senator Bruce Caswell’s legislation designed to ensure that senior citizens retain their personal residence exemption, commonly known as the homestead exemption, on their homes during a period when they reside in a nursing home or assisted living facility has been passed unanimously by the Michigan House and is now waiting for the expected signature of Governor Rick Snyder. Caswell said he heard from a number of constituents that have lost their homestead exemptions when they have moved into a nursing home, even though they still own their houses and intend to return home someday, if possible. According to Caswell, senior citizens should not have to fear paying higher property taxes at a time in their life when they need to make important decisions about their health and well-being. Caswell said this legislation will make sure that these types of situations do not occur in the future and will protect senior citizens that need to seek care in assisted living facilities.