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Senate Passes Bill To Provide Municipalities More Options To Adjust Property Taxes

Jul 31, 2017 05:08AM ● By Theresa Gilman

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Office of State Senator Barbara L’Italien.)

BOSTON – On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate approved a bill that provides better flexibility to cities and towns on property tax abatements. An Act improving real property tax abatements, application deadlines, and deferrals (S.2124) expands local options to provide property tax breaks for numerous members of society, including low-income seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.

The bill incorporates amendments sponsored by State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) and adopted by the Senate that reduce the Massachusetts residency requirement from 10 to 7 years for the tax deferral program, and provide Town Assessors with more discretion to grant hardship waivers to adults with disabilities who are not elderly.

“At a time when our social safety net feels especially at risk, we passed legislation to help the most vulnerable among us, including people with disabilities. I am thankful to my colleagues in the Senate for unanimous votes to adopt my amendments that make life easier for people with disabilities and their families,” said L’Italien.

“A society is judged on how we treat our most vulnerable.  Today’s legislation reduces the tax burden on our low-income seniors, the disabled, and our military service personnel,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “The Senate continues to look for ways to help those in need while balancing the needs of local communities to provide services to our residents.”

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. Read the full text here.

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