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Mayor Begins Senior Tax Relief Workshops

Dan Drew will visit local churches month to explain the city's new program available beginning July 1 for residents 70 and older who meet certain conditions.

 

The senior citizen tax relief program that Mayor Dan Drew promised during his campaign for office and approved by the earlier this month will be explained to seniors this month in a series of workshops at local churches.

"Our seniors on fixed incomes should not be forced to leave their homes," Drew said. "They have contributed to the fabric of this community for many years and now it's time for us to help them."

On Feb. 8, the Common Council unanimously approved the tax relief program, which allows seniors to lock in their tax rate this May for the 2012-2013 fiscal year — or defer their payments.

To be eligible for relief, seniors must be 70 or older; have an annual income of $32,300 or less as an individual or $39,500 or less for married couples; have been residents for a year and own $125,000 or less in assets.

To defer payments, seniors must be at least 65; have have an annual income of $32,300 or $39,500 or less for married couples.

Drew will visit the following places: March 4 at 11:30 a.m. at ; March 9 at 10 a.m. at , 440 West Street; March 12 at 10:30 a.m. in , 245 deKoven Drive; and March 14 at 2 p.m. and March 20 at 1 p.m. at , 410 Westfield Street.

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wyatt March 02, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Well I'm glad they're setting an income limit on tax relief. Even though I'm a senior, few things irratate me more than a senior discount, especially for people who, for the most part, are better off financially than most younger people. As far as this fixed income nonsense, who isn't on a fixed income? Its not like young people with children have opprtunities to make more money than their job pays. Especially in this Obama recession. Many people don't understand that businesses are not in business to lose money. If a business gives one group of people a discount, it has to be made up by raising prices across the board. So not only do younger people pay more but also seniors.
Darrell Lucas March 02, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Why label it an Obama recession? The recession started during the Bush administration.
wyatt March 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
You're right Darrell, it did. But who can deny that Obsess policies have exacerbated it? Three years into the Obey regime its time for him to man up and stop blaming Bush for everything. Bush was no gem but Obama is just an empty suit. I, like many had high hopes for him. What a bitter disapointment he has been.
wyatt March 03, 2012 at 03:38 PM
That should read " Obama's policies" Damn auto spellcheck!

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