55+ Connections Week of 5/22/23
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The North Liberty Library will be closed Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day. The Recreation and Aquatic Facilities will be open 8 AM – 6 PM. Trash, recycling, yard waste and compost will not be impacted by the holiday.
Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party
Wednesday, May 24
6 PM – 7:30 PM
Ranshaw House Lawn, 515 W Penn St, North Liberty
Celebrate summer with the Library’s Summer Reading Program Kick Off on Wednesday May 24th. There will be fun activities for all ages, a sweet treat provided by Hills Bank and of course Summer Reading Program sign-up. Parking available in Community Center parking lot.
The Summer Reading Program is for all ages: kids, teens, and adults! You can sign up online using the Beanstack app, or come to the library to get a paper log. The theme this year is “Find Your Voice”. Everyone who completes the program will get a small prize and the chance to win a larger prize at the end of the summer! There will also be several programs throughout the summer, so be sure to stop by the library to see what’s happening (or keep checking the 55+ Connections weekly update like you’re doing now)!
55+ Connections Lunch
Friday, May 26
North Liberty Rec Center – Classrooms 3 & 4
This week Yang Chow Wok will be catering our lunch. After lunch we will have Amanda Lensing from the Stanley Museum of Art give a presentation about Alexander Calder’s artwork! Registration for lunch just $5 and is required for all who attend. Participants must register before noon on Thursday, May 25th. Call the Rec Center to register (319)626-5716 or go online to your RecDesk Account and register yourself.
Get Hooked on Fishing
Saturday, June 3
8:30 AM – 11 AM
Liberty Centre Pond, 820 W Cherry St, North Liberty
Each year, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hosts free fishing days, and the city’s Parks and Recreation departments are partnering Take a Kid Outdoors and other area organizations to provide a free morning of fishing. A free, light breakfast will be served! Bring your own fishing pole, or your ID to borrow one. Although a fishing license isn’t required during free fishing days, a trout stamp is if you’re angling for trout. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Homestead Tax Exemption for Home Owners 65+
On May 4, 2023, Governor Reynolds signed House File 718, establishing a homestead tax exemption for claimants 65 years of age or older.
In addition to the homestead tax credit, eligible claimants who own the home they live in and are 65 years of age or older on or before January 1 of the assessment year are now eligible for a homestead tax exemption. For the assessment year beginning on January 1, 2023, the exemption is for $3,250 of taxable value. For assessment years beginning on or after January 1, 2024, the exemption is for $6,500 of taxable value. An exemption is a reduction in the taxable value of the property rather than a direct reduction in the amount of property tax you pay.
The Iowa Department of Revenue has amended the Homestead Tax Credit and Exemption (54-028) (found here) to allow claimants to apply for the new exemption. Applications are due July 1 to your local assessor. If the exemption is granted, the exemption will be allowed for future years without future filing as long as the claimant continues to qualify.