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 2021 income falls within the guideline for Low Income as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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:

  • You must be a current owner/occupant of the Merriam 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.
  • Income eligibility will be based on the Household’s (all persons living at the residence) 2021 income.
  • Your household income must be at or below the HUD Income Guidelines for 2021.
  • Household members must provide their 2021 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 2021 property taxes in TWO installments.  The first installment is in December 2021.  The second installment is in May 2022.  Both payments must be paid prior to the city providing the rebate.
  • Verify income eligibility.
  • Provide your 2021 Federal Tax Returns.

Step 3.Submit your application 

  • Program applications will be accepted between January 31, 2022 to October 31, 2022 or until funding is depleted.

Click here to apply(PDF, 122KB) .

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.
  • Note: The city will not begin processing rebates checks until mid-June of 2022.