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Milton accepting applications for senior tax write-off program

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  May 21, 2013 03:49 PM

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For the eighth year, Milton is offering a chance for seniors to work for the town in exchange for a tax write-off.

The senior tax write-off program allows seniors to do 93 hours of work for the town for a $750 tax abatement.

Most often, the work is being a greeter at the Town Hall or another municipal building, according to Council on Aging Director Mary Ann Sullivan. Other positions include doing yard work or driving.

“They are very professional, never tardy, and when they take a day off they are conscientious about making sure their position is covered,” Sullivan told selectmen at a meeting last Thursday.

Sullivan said the program is successful and there are seniors who want to come back year after year.

“This program not only helps the town, but it makes a difference to seniors and makes them feel good about themselves,” Sullivan said.

Selectmen unanimously approved the program at the meeting.

Sullivan said Tuesday that the Council on Aging is now accepting applications, which can be picked up at the Council on Aging building or can be requested by phone and mailed to applicants.

The program can fit 25 applicants above the age of 60 who are homeowners and have been residents of Milton for at least five years, Sullivan said.

Preference is given to new applicants.

The program will begin again starting on July 1, but applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

“The sooner the better,” Sullivan said.

For more information or to request an application, call the Council on Aging at 617-898-4893 or email Sullivan at masullivan@townofmilton.org.

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