Notice of Public Hearing - April 12, 2023 6:00 pm

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that pursuant to the direction of the East Greenbush Town Board,       the Town Board shall hold a public hearing on April 12, 2023, at 6:00 P.M., at the East Greenbush Town Hall located at 225 Columbia Turnpike in the Town of East Greenbush, to receive comments from the public about a proposed local law as follows:

A Local Law of the Town of East Greenbush providing real property tax exemptions for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers pursuant to Article 466-a of the Real Property Tax Law.

 In 2022, State legislation was enacted authorizing municipalities, including towns, to grant a property tax exemption of up to 10% to volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency personnel within the municipality. The proposed local law would authorize that exemption to such volunteers within the Town of East Greenbush. The exemption would be available only to residential property owned by the volunteer applicant within the Town of East Greenbush. The applicant would be required to provide proof that he or she has been an enrolled member of an incorporated volunteer fire company, fire department, or voluntary ambulance service for at least two years. A volunteer showing twenty years of active service would be entitled to the 10% exemption for the remainder of his or her life, as long as the primary residence is located within the Town of East Greenbush. The proposed local law would also provide a continuation of the exemption to certain un-remarried spouses of a qualifying volunteer firefighter or ambulance worker, killed in the line of duty, or having served twenty years as a volunteer. Applications for the exemption would be made to the Town Assessor. Applications for the exemption could first be filed in 2024, and would be included in the 2025 tax roll for the Town of East Greenbush.

A copy of the proposed local law may be inspected at the Office of the Town Clerk during regular business hours. In addition, a copy of the proposed local law is also available on the Town’s website at:

www.eastgreenbush.org

Local Law XX-2023 (Emergency Services Tax)

Written comments may be submitted to the Town Board by email to epangburn@eastgreenbush.org, or by mail to the Town Board, Town of East Greenbush, 225 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, New York 12144, at any time prior to the hearing.
 

By order of the East Greenbush Town Board     
Dated: March 29, 2023
Ellen Pangburn
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East Greenbush Town Clerk