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Selectmen's Notebook: Senior Tax Work-Off Program Outlined

Town Manager Richard Montuori provides details on how the Senior Citizens Property Tax Work-Off program will function.

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

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 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 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
  • The board approved a slate of appointees submitted by 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.

 

Karyn August 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM
It's too bad the BOS didn't give new and willing applicant Kristina Rogers a chance on the Conservation Commission. She would have been a knowledgeable, environmentally aware and refreshing addition to the board. As it stands now it is 'builder-heavy' but guess they are happy with the status quo. An opportunity lost, IMO....what a shame.
Bill Gilman (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Look for an article soon on this issue ... sort of .... the BOS seems to be on the cusp on completely revamping the way they name board members. No more rubber stamping incumbent appointees. Could be very interesting.
Karyn August 17, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I'd like that and rest assured I WILL stay tuned! ;)
malcolm nichols August 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Maybe these seniors can teach a few classes at our schools. At $8 per hour we would actually save money and no need to fund their pension either.
Guest September 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Do they offer any tax breaks for the disabled?
Bill Gilman (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Guest ... yes there is a tax abatement for the disabled, as well as veterans, the elderly, blind ... hmmmm, there may be others. In any case, you will want to contact the chief assessor's office at Town Hall to get full information on all of the abatements you may be entitled to.

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