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ORCHARD PARK CONSIDERING TAX BREAKS FOR THE DISABLED

Orchard Park plans to pass a local law extending partial property tax exemptions to disabled persons with limited
incomes.

"We'll discuss this at the April 1 Town Board meeting," Supervisor Toni M. Cudney said. "Under state law we can allow reductions up to 50 percent of assessed valuation.'

To obtain the maximum tax break, a disabled person may not have an annual income of more than $15,000.

The tax break is reduced for every $1,000 in income above that figure. Persons earning $22,500 a year would get a 10 percent reduction in valuation of a home, cooperative apartment or condominium.

The law has some "wiggle room," allowing applicants to reduce their income by the cost of medical or prescription bills not paid by insurance.

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