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Board hikes veterans tax exemption

The Wales Town Board on Tuesday OK'd an increase in property tax exemptions for as many as 149 veterans -- the first such boost in 13 years.

Supervisor Rickey Venditti said the impact "on taxpayers will be marginal actually pennies. The general fund will be affected by $356.87 and the Highway Fund, $1,464.91, out of a $2 million budget."

The exemption is for real property, not school taxes, Venditti added.

"It is long overdue," said Councilman Edmund Bogucki, who also serves on the board of Sgt. Mark A. Rademacher Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The new exemptions are as follows:

* Standard veterans -- 15 percent, to a maximum of $36,000.

* Combat veterans -- An additional 10 percent on top of the exemption for standard vets, with a cap of $24,000.

* Disabled veterans -- An additional 50 percent on top of the first two, for a cap of $120,000.

Copies of the change are available in the town clerk's office.

In other matters the board:

* Approved a resolution supporting a proposed law by Assemblyman Mark Schroeder to make it a crime for Internet users to use computers to commit sex crimes against children.

* Approved $2,000 in emergency computer repairs for the tax collector. The old software program was not compatible with the county's new equipment. New software, data conversions and training will be required, officials said.

* Accepted the resignation of Susan Everett, assistant town historian, who has spearheaded the veterans walkway and town playground and has been active in many town functions. She will continue to work on the walkway.

* Approved a bid of $1,889.94 from Office Max for new furniture for the court on Emery Road.

* Announced the new Town Hall addition has been completed and is being warmly received. Venditti said the project came in $2,200 under bid.

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