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.