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|Senior Tax Program Updated|
|Written by Susanna Sheehan|
|Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:51|
The senior tax work-off program received an update this week as the board of selectmen approved some minor procedural changes.
These changes come at the request of Council on Aging director Joanne Moore, who administers the program, which has been in existence since 1995.
The program allows citizens over age 65 to earn $1,000 off their real estate tax bill by working 125 hours for the town, assisting in various departments in town hall and at the senior center. They get paid minimum wage ($8 an hour). Up to 35 seniors can participate in the program.
When the program was instituted 18 years ago, it allowed seniors to earn up to $500 off their taxes by working 100 hours at $5 an hour. Then, five seniors participated. The program has expanded over the years and last year Moore said 33 seniors participated.
The changes made to the program include a new rolling application basis that begins on Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15 with the added requirement that all work be completed by Dec. 31. Also, the abatement earned (which can be prorated if it does not equal $1,000) will now be applied to the fourth quarter tax bill.
Selectmen voted unanimously to adopt the changes at their Monday meeting. The program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, said Moore, and past participation does not guarantee a future spot.
In the past, seniors have assisted in many different town departments performing various duties, such as answering telephones at the senior center and fire department, selling burning permits and beach stickers, and helping organize programs at the senior center.
“People who have participated are highly qualified and have benefited the town in many ways,” said Moore.
Anyone interested in the program can look up the guidelines on the senior center website or call Moore at the COA, 781-934-5774.
In other business, selectmen: