I left my homestead exempt property for an overseas assignment for one year then returned. During that year I rented the property while I was overseas. During my overseas assignment I was told that I lost my homestaed exemption and would have to re-apply when I returned. As a result I am being charged higher taxes for the year that I was overseas. I tried to explain that I was overseas on a U.S. Govermment assignment, but was told that only military personnel could maintain their homestead exemption while overseas. Is there any solution to this?