With the kick-off of the Douglas County Assessor· Register of Deeds 2015 Homestead Exemption program on February 1, thousands of Douglas County residents will receive exemption applications in the mail. Through the program, qualifying residents can receive relief from property taxes because all or a portion of a home’s valuation is exempted from taxation.

Last year, 12,300 people applied for exemptions; 10,576 were approved. According to Diane Battiato, Douglas County Assessor· Register of Deeds, certain eligibility requirements must be met. For example, before January 1 applicants must be at least 65 years old and both own and live in their home.

Applications must be filed in the Assessor· Register of Deeds’ office between February 1 and June 30. Individuals who already are receiving an exemption will receive an application via mail. New applicants should visit the office at 1819 Farnam St., 4th floor, or call the office at 402.444.7060. Select option 2 to request an application.

Application-assistance sessions will be available throughout the county during the filing period. Individuals may apply for the exemption at the sessions. The application also will be online. For more details about the Douglas County Assessor· Register of Deeds 2015 Homestead Exemption, applicants should visit www.dcassessor.org.