Legally Blind and Totally Disabled Exemptions

Connecticut State Statute provides for a $3,000 property tax exemption for persons who are legally blind.  Proof of blindness, either a Certificate of Legal Blindness from the Board of Education Services for the Blind (BESB) or certification by a qualified medical practitioner must be presented to the Middlefield Assessor prior to October 1st in order for the exemption to be applied to that year’s Grand List tax bill.

Connecticut State Statute also provides for a $1,000 property tax exemption for totally disabled persons who are receiving benefits under a federal, state or local retirement or disability plan, which contains requirements comparable to those of the Social Security Administration.  Proof of total disability must be presented to the Middlefield Assessor by October 1st in order for the exemption to be applied to that year’s Grand List tax bill.

Applicants who are totally disabled may also be qualified for additional benefits under the State sponsored Homeowners Program or Renter’s Rebate Program even if they have not reached the age of 65.  Please refer to the information under “Elderly & Totally Disabled Homeowners Program”.