2003 -- H 5119
A N A C T
RELATING TO TAXATION -- TOWN OF JAMESTOWN
Introduced By: Representative Bruce J. Long
Date Introduced: January 21, 2003
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 44-3-13.6 of the General Laws in Chapter 44-3 entitled "Property
Subject to Taxation" is hereby amended to read as follows:
44-3-13.6. Exemption of persons 65 years and over -- Jamestown. -- (a) The town
council of the town of Jamestown may, by ordinance, exempt from valuation for taxation, the real
property situated in the town and owned and occupied by any person sixty-five (65) years or over,
which exemption is in addition to any and all other exemptions from taxation to which the person
may be otherwise entitled.
(b) (1) The town council of the town of Jamestown may, from time to time, by
ordinance, make changes in the amount of exemption granted and the rules and regulations as it
deems necessary to promote the purpose of this section. The schedule of exemptions is as
(i) Taxpayers with an income of not less than
one hundred and eighty percent
hundred percent (200%) and not more than
two hundred percent (200%) two
percent (220%) of the federal poverty guideline an exemption of twenty percent (20%) of the
assessment cap or the assessed valuation, whichever is less; (ii) Taxpayers with an income of not
one hundred and sixty percent (160%) one hundred and eighty
percent (180%) and not
one hundred and eighty percent (180%) two hundred percent (200%)
of the federal
poverty guideline an exemption of thirty percent (30%) of the assessment cap or the assessed
whichever is less; (iii) Taxpayers with an income of not less than
hundred and forty
one hundred and sixty percent (160%) and not more than one hundred
one hundred and eighty percent (180%) of the federal poverty guideline
exemption of forty percent (40%) of the assessment cap or the assessed valuation, whichever is
(iv) Taxpayers with an income of not less than
one hundred and twenty
percent (120%) one
and forty percent (140%) and not more than
one hundred and forty percent (140%)
hundred and sixty percent (160%) of the federal poverty guideline an exemption of fifty percent
(50%) of the assessment cap or the assessed valuation, whichever is less; and (v) Taxpayers with
income of not more than
one hundred and twenty percent (120%) one
hundred and forty
percent (140%) of the federal poverty guideline an exemption of sixty percent (60%) of the
assessment cap or the assessed valuation, whichever is less.
(2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this section, any person
receiving an exemption pursuant to chapter 359 of the public laws January session 1984, at the
time of the adoption of the ordinance contemplated in this section and whose property is assessed
in excess of the assessment cap and who qualifies for an exemption under the terms of any
ordinance adopted pursuant to this chapter shall receive an exemption based on the assessment
value, not limited by the assessment cap.
(3) For purposes of this section, the income described in subsection (b)(1) is that
specified in the federal poverty guideline for one person for all individual owners and that
specified for a family of two (2) for all joint owners, including husband and wife. Only one
exemption is granted to cotenants, joint tenants, and tenants by the entirety, even though all the
cotenants, joint tenants and tenants by the entirety are sixty-five (65) years of age or over and
occupy the property. In addition to the requirements of domicile within the town of Jamestown at
the time of making application, the applicant must have been a resident of the town for a period
of five (5) years ending with the date of assessment for the year for which exemption is claimed;
further, the applicant for this exemption must have owned and had title to the
property where he
or she resided during the same five (5) year period; provided, however, that
shall not be allowed in favor of any person unless the individual has presented to the assessor a
true and exact account of his or her ratable estate as provided for in sections 44-5-15 and 44-5-16
for the year for which exemption is claimed, together with evidence that he or she is entitled to
(c) No income-bearing residential property, business or combination of business and
residential property, owned and occupied by any person or persons sixty-five (65) years of age or
over is entitled to the exemption provided in this section. It is the express purpose of this section
to confine the exemption to residential property exclusively used as residential property by the
owners of the property. Professional persons who operate and conduct their respective
professions from their residences are not entitled to the exemption provided for in this section.
The practice of the profession from any residence is deemed, for the purpose of this section, to
constitute it income-bearing property.
(d) All exemptions terminate upon the conveyance of the subject property, death of the
person excepted, or the moving of the person from the town of Jamestown; also when the subject
property is altered as to character and use that the property becomes subject to the provisions of
subsection (e) of this section.
(e) When used in this section:
(1) "Federal poverty guideline" means the poverty guidelines issued each year by the
department of health and human services and published in the federal register.
(2) (i) "Income" in subsection (b) of this section means annual cash receipts before taxes
from all sources except as provided in this section. Income includes money wages and salaries
before any deductions; net receipts from nonfarm self-employment (receipts from a person's own
unincorporated business, professional enterprise, or partnership, after deductions for business
expenses); net receipts from farm self-employment (receipts from a farm which one operates as
an owner, renter, or sharecropper, after deductions for farm operating expenses); regular
payments from social security, railroad retirement, unemployment compensation, strike benefits
from union funds, workers' compensation, veterans' payments, public assistance (including aid to
families with dependent children or temporary assistance for needy families, supplemental
security income, and non-federally-funded general assistance or general relief money payments),
and training stipends; alimony, child support, and military family allotments or other regular
support from an absent family member or someone not living in the household; private pensions,
government employee pensions (including military retirement pay), and regular insurance or
annuity payments; college or university scholarships, grants, fellowships, and assistantships; and
dividends, interest, net rental income, net royalties, periodic receipts from estate or trusts, and net
gambling or lottery winnings.
(ii) "Income" does not include the following types of money received; capital gains; any
assets drawn down as withdrawals from a bank, the sale of property, a house, or a car; or tax
refunds, gifts, loans, lump-sum inheritances, one-time insurance payments, or compensation for
injury. Also excluded are noncash benefits, such as the employer-paid or union-paid portion of
health insurance or other employee fringe benefits, food or housing received in lieu of wages, the
value of food and fuel produced and consumed on farms, the imputed value of rent from own-
occupied nonfarm or farm housing, and federal noncash benefit programs like Medicare,
Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches, and housing assistance.
(3) "Resident" means one legally domiciled within the town of Jamestown for a period
of five (5) years ending with the date of assessment for a year for which the exemption is
claimed. Mere seasonal or temporary residence within the town, of whatever duration, does not
constitute domicile within the town for the purposes of this section. Absence from the town for a
period of twelve (12) months is prima facie evidence of abandonment of domicile in the town.
The burden of establishing legal domicile within the town is upon the applicant.
(4) "Due evidence": No exemption from taxation on the valuation of real property, as
provided in this section, is allowed, except upon the written application, which application is on a
form prescribed by the assessor. It is the burden of the applicant to prove his/her eligibility for the
exemption in this section and the tax assessor may require the applicant to produce supporting
information including but not limited to federal and/or state income tax returns and birth
certificate. If this information is required, the tax assessor shall maintain the confidentiality of the
information. The assessor may, at any time, inquire into the right of a claimant to the continuance
of an exemption under this section; and, for that purpose, he or she may require the filing of a
new application or the submission of any proof that the assessor deems necessary to determine
the right of the claimant to continuance of the exemption.
(5) "Assessment cap" means the sum of one hundred forty-two thousand dollars
($142,000) as the sum may be adjusted from time to time as provided in this section. At any times
that the tax assessor updates the assessments for real property in the town, the tax assessor shall
adjust the assessment cap by the percentage increase or decrease between the median residential
property value based on the aggregate residential property assessments then made under the new
revaluation, or statistical updates, and the median residential property value under the previous
revaluation, or statistical updates.
(6) "Median residential property value" means the assessment which is the midpoint of
the frequency distribution of residential property assessments or the assessment above which and
below which fifty percent (50%) of the assessments lie.
(f) Nothing contained in this section abrogates or affects the authority conferred upon the
assessor by the provisions of section 44-3-4 as amended.
(g) [Deleted by P.L. 2000, ch. 391, section 1, and by P.L. 2000, ch. 497, section 1.]
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.