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School districts discuss tax breaks for veterans

School districts discuss tax breaks for veterans

School districts across the region are discussing the possibility of an exemption on property taxes for veterans.

TST BOCES Superintendent Jeff Matteson says the deadline is near for districts to decide whether it would qualify for this budget year, and many are likely to put the discussion off until the following year.

Matteson points to a question of fairness in the discussion.

“They have to consider it because anything that is exempted goes to the rest of the taxpaying public,” Matteson said. “It could be perceived as putting one taxpayer against another, but I know all school districts are having a more level discussion.”

New York State recently implemented this as an option for districts, which could give up to a 15 percent exemption for veterans and their families on their tax bill.

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