Holyoke offers $1,000 property tax write-off program to military veterans

Holyoke offers $1,000 property tax write-off program to military veterans

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Military veterans can apply for a $1,000 property tax cut in return for working in various municipal departments, but only 20 slots are available and the deadline to apply is April 30, an official said.

Applications for the 2016 Veterans Tax Write-Off Program are available at the city Veteran Services Department on the first floor of the War Memorial, 310 Appleton St., department Director Jim Mahoney said in a press release Tuesday.

Veterans who are interested in applying for the program or who have other questions can call (413) 322-5630.

State law allows cities and towns to offer the incentive to veterans. Veterans who are chosen for one of the 20 slots will work 100 hours for the city and receive $1,000 off of their property taxes, Mahoney said.

“In the past, volunteers in the tax-break program have worked in the mayor’s office and in the Parks and Recreation, Library, Conservation, Tax Collector and other departments. They answer phones, file documents, shelve books, paint and fix things at Wistariahurst Museum and maintain gardens,” Mahoney said.

The program is limited to 20 positions with veterans to be chosen by lottery from the pool of applicants, he said.

This is the third year of the Veterans Tax Write-off Program. The city has a similar program for senior citizens.

Information about benefits and services available to veterans in Massachusetts in housing, education and other areas is available at the state Department of Veterans Services at (617) 210-5480 and at military.com


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