Senior Tax Work-Off Program

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LOCAL SENIORS CAN PARTICIPATE IN PROPERTY TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM

Stoneham offers property tax relief for senior citizens by participating in the state’s Property Tax Work-Off program for seniors. This program allows seniors to do volunteer work for their local government in exchange for a reduction in property taxes.

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Eligibility

  • Must be 60 years of age or older
  • Must be homeowner (or spouse of homeowner) and occupy the home
  • Income must not exceed $45,000 for a senior household of one person or $52,000 for two persons.
  • Assets (excluding home equity) must not exceed $150,000
  • Must have owned property for at least 5 years
  • Only one volunteer abatement per household per year
  • May not participate in program for two consecutive years unless quota is not met

All Interested Applicants

  • Must report to Assessors Office to determine eligibility for the program
  • Submit application to the Senior Center after confirmed eligibility with the Assessor’s Office
  • Schedule interview with Senior Center Director
  • Applicants must complete 50 hours of service to qualify for $500 exemption
  • The rate of service will be at the state minimum wage ($10.00 per hour)
  • Applicant must notify director and work site supervisor of scheduled changes and absences
  • Applicant must notify director of any changes which affect eligibility, i.e. sale of property
  • Applicant must turn in signed documented hours by department head monthly to the Stoneham Senior Center

Placement

  • Determined by applicant’s skills, interests, and availability with job requests
  • Selected participants will be notified in writing of placement
  • If there are more applicants than available openings, a lottery will be held to determine which applicants will be selected

Time Frame

  • Applications can be picked up 8:30-4 pm at the Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm Street, or online at stonehamseniorcenter.org
  • Applicants must be submitted to the Director of the Stoneham Senior Center by September 1, 2016
  • Applicants selected by October 3, 2016
  • Work time frame between October 3, 2016 and April 30, 2017
  • Documentation of completed hours of service due to Senior Center May 1, 2017

Additional Information: Contact Maureen Canova, Director, Stoneham Senior Center, 781-438-1157 or 781-438-1161. Email stonehamseniorcenter@gmail.com.