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20 seniors to get break on property taxes in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Twenty of the town’s seniors are about to get a break on their property taxes.

A new program will allow qualified seniors 60 and older to apply for a credit of up to $500 on their property taxes by volunteering as many as 62.5 hours to a town department between July and December.

Those 20 seniors will be matched with appropriate departments based on their skills and interests.

Mayor William Martin said the program, in conjunction with a veterans tax work-off program the town is offering, will provide an avenue for the town to help ease the additional tax burdens of its most vulnerable residents.

“We are always challenged in seeking stability for property taxes and must continually look for various ways to meet that goal,” said Martin.

To qualify, seniors must live in Greenfield, be current with their property taxes and meet income and asset guidelines.

Single seniors must make no more than $20,000 per year and married couples cannot make more than $30,000 per year.

Assets for single seniors cannot exceed $30,411, while married couple’s assets cannot exceed $40,548, not including their homes.

The program will run from July 1 through Dec. 15.

Town Council recently approved the veteran and senior programs.

Applications are currently available in the assessor’s office at 14 Court Square. They must be submitted by May 5.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance around June 1.

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