Town of Wilmington Seeks To Increase Tax Assistance To Seniors

WILMINGTON, MA – It’s certainly not easy being a senior on a fixed income.

Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull and his leadership team at Town Hall recognize this, and have offered four articles on the 2015 Annual Town Meeting warrant to provide a measure of relief to seniors when it comes to their property tax bills.  And every little bit helps.

Article 40 asks the town to increase the eligibility income limit from $20,000 to $40,000 so more qualified seniors can have the option of deferring their property tax payment under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41A.

Article 41 asks the town to increase the income limits from $13,000 to $20,000 (single) and $15,000 to $30,000 (married) and asset limits from $28,000 to $40,000 (single) and $30,000 to $50,000 (married) so more qualified seniors can receive a $500 tax exemption under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41C.

Article 42 asks the town to increase the asset limit from $40,000 to $50,000 so more qualified seniors can receive a $175 tax exemption under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 17D.

Article 43 asks the town of continue its longstanding Senior Tax Volunteer (Work Off) Program.  By adopting Massachusetts General Law, Section 59, Section 5K, the Program will undergo a few tweaks.  Participants, for example, will now receive a tax abatement, rather than receiving a direct check, as was the case in the past.  Learn more about the program HERE.

The Wilmington Town Assessor’s Office has a summary of the town’s existing property tax relief programs HERE.

Voters will decide these articles, along with the other 52 on the warrant, at the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30am in the new WHS Auditorium (159 Church Street).

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