Town asks schools to consider veterans tax exemptions

News Source: Amherst Bee

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor
The Town Board during its meeting on Dec. 1 approved sending a resolution to area school districts requesting that they hold a public hearing regarding tax exemptions for veterans.
A section of the New York State Real Property Tax Law provides a limited exemption from property taxes for people who served in the military. The state recently passed a law to authorize school districts to allow the exemptions.
Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette stressed that the resolution does not advise the school districts to offer exemptions. Districts listed on the resolution included Amherst, Clarence, Sweet Home and Williamsville.
“We are not telling the districts to approve or deny offering the exemptions,” Marlette said. “We are advising the districts to hold public hearings and based on what their constituents say, they can decide one way or the other what they want to do.”
Additionally, the Amherst Veterans Committee also sent letters to area school districts detailing their request for public hearings.
Marlette said he was glad that area districts have the opportunity to allow residents to provide input on the veterans exemptions.
On Friday, representatives from the Williamsville Central Schools confirmed with the town that the district will hold a public hearing to consider the exemptions during its next regular board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the District Offices, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.
In another matter, the board last week accepted the Tonawanda Creek Flood Mitigation Committee report from Council Member Ramona Popowich, who chairs the organization.
The committee was created in January to seek ways of mitigating flooding in East Amherst and areas that are near Tonawanda Creek.
During the past 11 months, the committee has held several outreach meetings and one forum that detailed to residents ways of protecting houses and property in adverse weather conditions.
Popowich said the next meeting of the committee will be held in early spring.
The Town Board’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in the Council Chambers at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

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