The final T's are being crossed and I's are being dotted on a program that will give Tewksbury senior citizens the chance to reduce their property tax bill by up to $750.
Voters at the Annual Town Meeting in May approved spending $25,000 to fund the Senior Tax Work-Off program.
In it's simplest form, the tax work-off program will give homeowners aged 60-over the chance to work for one of the town departments in exchange for a reduction in their property tax bill.
According to Town Manager Richard Montuori, participants in the program can work up to 93.5 hours per year for the town and their tax bill will be credited at a rate of $8 per hour. Montuori said there has already been quite a bit of interest in the program among local seniors.
"We already have 10-12 people who have called or expressed interest in the program," he told Selectmen at their Aug. 14 meeting.
To qualify for the program, a resident must be at least 60 years old and live in the home that they own and are seeking a tax credit for. In addition, their household income cannot exceed $60,000. To be selected for a specific job, the applicant must have the required skill set for that job. CORY checks will also be required.
All town departments will be participating in the program. Montuori said he will advertise the specific jobs within the next few days, once the full list of available jobs is compiled. Hiring will be done through the Town Manager's office.
In other business:
- The board approved a full liquor license for Angelina's Italian Restaurant. The business is expected to open in early September.
- The board approved a common victualler's license for Anthony's Roast Beef. The eatery, located across from McDonald's on Route 38, is already open for business.
- The board approved the State Primary Warrant for Sept. 6.
- The board approved setting Oct. 2 as the date for the fall Special Town Meeting. The warrant was opened and will be closed on Aug. 31. The STM will take place in the 600-seat auditorium at the new Tewksbury High School.
- The board approved a slate of appointees submitted by Town Clerk Denise Graffeo to serve as election workers. That complete list is attached to this article as a PDF file.
- The board re-appointed Anthony Ippolito to the Conservation Commission for a three-year term to run through June 30, 2015.