WOBURN - Veterans will be able to reduce their property tax bills by as much as $1,000 after the City Council at its most recent meeting voted unanimously to approve an order establishing a tax “work-off” program.
The program is similar to one established several years ago for senior citizens, who can pay down their tax bills by as much as $750 by working in municipal jobs.
Larry Guiseppe, the city’s Director of Veterans Services, said Mayor Scott Galvin approached him with the idea of expanding the program to include veterans.
“It’s basically the same thing, but there are some differences,” said Guiseppe. “Seniors can work off as much as $750, and this is $1,000.”
In order to qualify, a veteran must be a resident of the city, must own and live in the home for which he or she pays taxes, and must have appropriate skills for the municipal position for which he or she is hired.
A disabled veteran who is unavailable to work in any of the available positions due to their disability may request a proxy to perform the work for them.
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be assigned to a job on a first-come, first-served, space available basis pending need.
To be considered for a municipal job, veterans must return a completed application with proof of veteran status (an honorable discharge record) and a copy of their most recent real estate tax bill to the Veterans office at the Woburn Senior Center on School Street.
“The program is open to any veteran who is a property owner,” said Guiseppe. “Whether they make zero income or $1 million, they still have the right to participate in the program.”
Anyone with questions about the tax work-off program may call the Veterans office at 781-897-5825.