REVENUE AND TAXATION
EXEMPTIONS FROM TAXATION
63-602AA. Property exempt from taxation -- Exceptional situations. (1) The following property is exempt or partially exempt from taxation: real and personal property belonging to persons who, because of unusual circumstances which affect their ability to pay the property tax, should be relieved from paying all or part of said tax in order to avoid undue hardship, which undue hardship must be determined by the board of equalization.
(2) An exceptional value exemption granted under this section shall be for the current tax year only and property exempted hereunder shall continue to be listed and assessed for the ensuing tax years as other property.
(3) Claimants seeking exemption under this section must apply each year to the board of equalization and such claim must be submitted by June 20 of the current year. The board of equalization must consider and act on all such claims no later than the second Monday of July.
(4) Each person claiming such exemption shall give a sworn statement containing full and complete information of his financial status to such board and shall make true answers to all questions propounded in writing, or otherwise, touching such person's right to the exemption claimed. The chairman of the board shall have authority to administer oaths to each person appearing as a claimant for such exemption and in addition to such examination each claimant shall subscribe to and swear that his answers to questions propounded on written forms to be prescribed by the state tax commission are true, and which sworn statement shall be kept and filed by the clerk of the county board of equalization. The board may, in its discretion and for good cause shown, allow an agent or some person acting for and on behalf of the claimant to make the claim for exemption for any claimant in the manner herein provided, or where a person unable to make such sworn statement, his wife, widow, guardian or personal representative, or other person having knowledge of the facts, may make such sworn statement in his stead.
(5) The county board of equalization shall decide and determine from each examination and from each written claim for exemption whether or not such person is entitled to the exemption claimed or to any part thereof, and shall make a record thereof accordingly.