Are you a senior or a veteran of any age looking to decrease your taxes?
The Senior and Veteran Volunteer Abatement Program credits an abatement off of your property taxes for the following year after the volunteer has provided a town department with 125 hours of volunteer service. The maximum abatement volunteers may earn for 2024 is $2,000 for seniors and $1,500 for veterans.
Program criteria: The work-off requirement is 125 hours of service to the town in the calendar year, in specifically created positions. Eligible seniors must be 60 years old at the time of application, as certified by a copy of a birth certificate. There will be two tiers of applicants: Those who meet the Massachusetts senior “Circuit Breaker” income thresholds will be given first preference while those who are within 150% of the same income thresholds will also be considered.
For veterans, there is no age requirement, but proof of military service is needed. Applicants must own and occupy the home to which the property tax abatement will be applied, must be current on their property tax payments, must agree to have a CORI check, and must submit two references.
To be eligible, senior applicants must have been a homeowner residing in Longmeadow for at least five years immediately prior to participating in the program. Veterans must have been a homeowner residing in Longmeadow for at least 2 years prior to participating in the program.
Printed applications are available in the Adult Center Office and the Tax Assessors Office. You can also find the application and CORI form using the links below. You must return the completed application to the Adult Center by December 8th, 2023 to be considered for the program.