CANAJOHARIE – The Canajoharie Central School District Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution for a new tax exemption for local veterans at the Board’s regular meeting on Nov. 9.
Since 1984, county, town and village leaders across New York have been authorized to offer the so-called Alternative Veterans Exemption, giving military veterans who served during wartime, in a combat zone or who have a service-related disability a partial property tax exemption on their local taxes for their primary residence.
In December 2013, the law was amended to permit school districts to offer the exemption, as well. Whether or not the exemption is offered in any given community is up to the local school board.
Implementing a tax exemption causes a redistribution of taxes among taxpayers, or a tax shift. Exemptions do not affect the total amount of money a district needs to raise – the tax levy. With the exemption accepted, the estimated amount to be shifted from veterans to the rest of the community is about $86,000 (an estimated $0.26 increase to the true value tax rate). The change will go into effect starting with 2018 tax bills.
Veterans with already approved exemptions on file with their local municipality do not need to reapply for the school district tax exemption. However, new exemption applications must be filed with the town assessor.
Veteran eligibility criteria for the exemption includes:
- Honorable discharge from service;
- Active Duty status during wartime (Persian Gulf Conflict, Vietnam War, Korean War, World War II) for dates specified in law;
- Veterans receiving Expeditionary Medals or who qualify under the alternatives to “period of war” service may also qualify;
- Generally, reservists are not eligible;
- Certain family members of veterans may be eligible; and
- Criteria is service-based, not income-based like some other exemptions.
Contact the District Office at 518-673-6302 or your local town assessor for questions about eligibility and applications.