Truro offers senior residents tax abatement

Program allows seniors to trade skills for a real estate tax reduction

The Town of Truro is offering its senior resident an opportunity to shave a bit off their real estate tax bill. The program offers residents 60 or older the opportunity to trade a skill for a reduction in their tax bill.

Seniors wishing to apply for the program must be 60 or over and must own the property in Truro that serves as their personal residence. Applicants must also have been a year-round resident of Truro as of July 1, 2014.

The town's senior municipal program begins on July 1, 2015 and continues through June 30, 2016. Applications will be accepted starting June 1, 2015. Participants must reapply each year. Even those who have already participated in the program, must reapply.

State guidelines allow for a maximum hourly rate of $9. The most a resident may earn through the program is $1,000 (111 hours). The minimum is $500 (55.5 hours). The amount earned will be applied directly to the real estate tax bill, according to the town.

There are no financial restrictions, but residents demonstrating financial need will receive priorty placement. A committee will be formed to review applications. The town intends to fill 15 full (111) slots.

Applications for FY2016 are available online on the town's website and at the Truro Council of Aging. Questions may be directed to the Council of Aging at 508-487-2462.


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