Residential City Property Tax Rebate Program

The Residential City Property Tax Rebate Program helps reduce the tax burden on income-qualified Merriam Households by returning the city portion of property taxes that are collected. This is a city-funded project and is designed to assist residents whose 2023 income falls within the guideline for Low Income as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Your income must be at or below HUD low income guidelines for 2023:

  • 1 person: $57,400
  • 2 persons: $65,600
  • 3 persons: $73,800
  • 4 persons: $82,000
  • 5 persons: $88,600
  • 6 persons: $95,150
  • 7 persons: $101,700
  • 8 persons: $108,250

Applications will be accepted from February 5, 2024 to August 30, 2024. Assistance will be provided on a first-come basis until the program funds are allocated.


Application Process

Step 1.Understanding the requirements 

In order to be eligible for the Residential City Property Tax Rebate Program your Household (all persons living at the residence) must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be the CURRENT owner and occupant of the residence
  • Your property must have no code violations.
  • All other properties owned by the applicant in Merriam must be code compliant. 
  • You must be current on all property taxes and special assessments.
  • City will only reimburse that portion of property tax paid by the owner/occupant
  • Income eligibility will be based on the Household’s (all persons living at the residence) 2023 income.
  • Your household income must be at or below the HUD Income Guidelines for 2023.
  • Household members must provide their 2023 Federal Tax return as proof of income. For Household members that are not required to file a Federal Income Tax return, proof of social security, veteran, or other benefit payments will be accepted. 

Step 2.Gather your information

  • Verify that you are current with all property taxes and special assessments. 
    • Note: Most residents will pay their 2023 property taxes in TWO installments. The first installment is in December 2023. The second installment is in May 2024.  Both payments must be paid prior to the city providing the rebate.
  • Verify income eligibility.
  • Provide your 2023 Federal Tax Returns.

Step 3.Submit your application 

Program applications will be accepted between February 5–August 30, 2024 or until funding is depleted.

Property owner submits an application to Community Development

Property owner is required to sign an affidavit attesting that they have provided income information for all household members residing in the dwelling

The affidavit must be notarized. Notaries are available at City Hall

 Applications are reviewed in the order they are received

Print your application or pick up a copy at Merriam City Hall. 

Property Tax Rebate Application(PDF, 110KB)

Submit application form and a copy of your 2023 Federal Tax Return to Community Development at Merriam City Hall. 

Step 4.We will contact you

  • Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.
  • City staff will review Johnson County Property Tax records to determine the amount of Merriam Property Tax (rebate amount) and that all property taxes have been paid.
  • Following verification of the property owner making their May property tax payment, in full, the city will begin processing the application.
  • The city will not process a rebate check until all of 2023 property taxes are paid in full.

The city at any time, without prior notice, and at its sole discretion, may modify or eliminate this program.