In 1994, with the passage of Proposal A, the laws affecting how taxes are determined were changed drastically. One of the major changes was implementing a Homestead Exemption, now called the Principal Resident Exemption (PRE). Property owners are eligible for this exemption on the primary residence that they must own and occupy for 6 months every year. This exempts the property owner from paying local school operating millage. Currently, this is approximately 9 mills or $9.00 per every $1,000 of taxable value on your home. In order to be entitled for this exemption for the current year you must file a "Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit" (Form 2368) for taxes on or before June 1 or on or before November 1.
For a copy of the Principal Resident Exemption Form please visit the Assessor's webpage