Senior/Veteran Tax Work-Off Abatement Program Seeks Applicants

Published on January 10, 2024

The City of West Springfield is accepting applications for forty (40) positions in the 2024 Senior/Veteran Tax Work-Off Program. Senior/Veteran Tax Work Off participants will perform work from March 1, 2024-October 31, 2024 to receive an abatement for fiscal year 2025 property taxes (taxes billed on or after January 1, 2025). Basic requirements are that taxpayers must be a veteran or sixty (60) years of age or older and must be an assessed owner of property in West Springfield and must own and occupy this residence. Applicants can not be an active employee for the town.

The maximum abatement permitted is $1,250. Current compensation is calculated at the state minimum wage of $15 an hour. As a result, participants must work approximately 83 hours to receive the full abatement. Hours are flexible for many positions and often can be worked out on an individual basis between the department director and the senior/veteran worker, but must be completed by October 31, 2024.

Some of the positions being offered are: Lawn/Grounds Maintenance, Veteran Grave Maintenance and Park/Facility Attendants. There will also be indoor clerical work available for some departments including Finance, the Building Department and Council on Aging. The full list of positions will be available with the application packet.

The program is beneficial for both senior and veteran residents. Participants have an opportunity to lower their property tax bill, and taxpayers benefit from the superior talent and work experience participants bring to the job at a very low cost to the City.

Applications and information packets will be available in the front lobby of the West Springfield Town Hall, 26 Central Street beginning Tuesday January 16, 2024. Applications will be accepted from January 16-February 9, 2024. Completed applications must be accompanied with a copy of the applicant’s driver's license and a copy of their most recent tax bill. Completed applications can be dropped off on the third floor of Town Hall to the Human Resources Department or mailed to Human Resources, 26 Central St, Ste. 6, West Springfield, MA 01089.



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