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Senior hearing slated

PORT HENRY Senior citizens in the town of Moriah may be getting a break a tax break. The town board has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, Feb. 26, to consider increasing the income limits on the current senior citizen property tax exemption. The hearing will be at 6 p.m. at the town hall. The board has also scheduled a special meeting to follow the hearing, at which time the increased exemption is expected to be adopted. Currently Moriah residents age 65 and older with annual incomes of $22,000 or less are eligible for a 50 percent reduction on town taxes on their home. The Moriah town board has proposed raising that income limit to $25,000 a year. A lot of our seniors are really struggling, Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. The high cost of heat and gas are big problems for people on fixed incomes. Scozzafava said Essex County has already raised the income limit to $25,000 to qualify for a senior exemption on county taxes. The increased exemption will not apply to Moriah Central School District taxes, unless the local board of education moves to raise the income limit, Scozzafava noted.

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