At its Feb. 7 meeting the BH-BL Board of Education held a second vote on the Veterans’ Tax Exemption to include the entire board. The exemption passed, 5 to 2, and is scheduled to go into effect for the 2017-18 school year. Resident veterans should contact their local assessor to to learn more about the qualifications to receive the exemption. Applications to receive this exemption should be directed to your local assessor.
Under the Veterans’ Tax Exemption, the tax levy (total amount of taxes) collected from all residents by the school district does not change, but rather causes a shift in taxes. Therefore, veterans applying for the exemptions will have their school taxes lowered, while non-veterans and those veterans not applying for the exemption are estimated to experience an increase of about $16 for a home with a full-market value of $200,000.
The Board also passed a local resolution regarding the support for veterans. [RESOLUTION]
Board members Peter Sawyer, Will Farmer, Jennifer Bradt, Patrick Ziegler and Jennifer Longtin supported the exemption. Board members John Blowers and James Maughan were opposed.