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2015-02-04 / Front Page

Ken-Ton School Board to decide on offering veterans tax exemption

by NAOMI SPENCER
Editor

The Ken-Ton School Board heard a presentation at a recent meeting on the Alternate Veterans Tax Exemption, and for it to go into effect by September, the board would have to adopt it by March 1.

Dave Marrano, assessor for the Town and City of Tonawanda, gave the presentation, explaining that if it is approved, noncombat veterans would receive an exemption of 15 percent; combat veterans an exemption of 25 percent; and disabled veterans an exemption of one-half of their disability rating. Cold War veterans are ineligible for the exemption.

Marrano noted that 1,245 veterans in the school district could apply for the Alternate Veterans Tax Exemption if the board adopts it.

“A rough estimate would be an additional $17,181,000 reduction in taxable assessed value if these veterans received the maximum exemption amount for a combat veteran,” he said, adding, “Do you want to reward the veterans in the town with this exemption?”

Many school districts throughout Western New York are reviewing the exemption, including Williamsville, Orchard Park and Sweet Home, he noted.

The School Board did not take any action on the measure at the meeting, deciding to discuss it further.

In another matter, the board will hold two budget work sessions. These are slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the cafeteria at Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the cafeteria at Franklin Middle School, 540 Parkhurst Blvd.

The next regular meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the community room at the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave.

For more information, visit www.kenton.k12.ny.us.

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