The deadline to apply for assistance from the Wellfleet Taxation Aid Fund is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015. The fund offers financial assistance to elderly and disabled residents.
The fund was authorized during the April 22, 2013 Annual Town Meeting to assist elderly and disabled residents with their real estate taxes. The fund is supported solely by volunteer contributions from fellow Wellfleet property owners.
Applicants for Fiscal Year 2016 must meet several criteria and provide supporting documentation to be considered. All information supplied to the Wellfleet Taxation Aid Fund for Elderly and Disabled Committee will be held in the strictest of of confidence. Supplied information will not be available for public inspection, according to the town.
To be considered, applicants must own and occupy the real estate in Wellfleet. Elderly applicants are homeowners who are 60 on or before January 1 in the year in which aid is being requested. Disabled applicants are homeowners who are not able to work due to illness or accident and who are receiving benefits from one or more program including Social Security, SSI or Medicaid, Veterans Administration, Workers Compensation or the Wellfleet Board of Assessors. Total yearly gross income (including Social Security) must be less than $35,000 if single, less than $49,000 if married.
If approved, monies are awarded for one fiscal year. As the fund is replenished through voluntary contributions, no set amount may be set from year to year.
Applicants must include a copy of their current filed tax return, supporting documents and a current copy of their driver's license or photo ID. Applications are available at the Wellfleet Town Hall, the Wellfleet Public Library, the Wellfleet Council on Aging and online on the town's website here.
Additional information and guidelines are available here.
Completed applications with documentation must be returned to the Wellfleet Town Treasurer in person or by mail (Wellfleet Town Treasurer, Wellfleet Town Hall, 300 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA 02667).