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Hamburg

A veterans exemption on Hamburg Central School District taxes could save combat veterans hundreds of dollars if the school district enacts the exemption.

Nancy DiLonardo, deputy director of Erie County Real Property Tax Services, explained the exemptions to the School Board last week. There are different levels that could be adopted. If the district chose the same exemption the county uses, a combat veteran with a house assessed at $100,000 could save about $547 on a school tax bill, based on last year’s bill. Under that scenario, other taxpayers with similar houses would pay about $69 more a year.

A smaller exemption would save about $178 for veterans, while others would see an increase of about $24.

There are 1,340 veterans in the district who have the exemption for county taxes who would receive a school exemption if it was enacted, and 273 veterans who have a different exemption who could apply for the school exemption.

The board did not discuss whether it would enact the exemption or not. It is too late for the exemption to take effect for the 2015-16 tax bill, but the board could enact the exemption for the following year.

DiLonardo suggested if the board is going to offer the exemption that it do so by December, to give assessors time to get the word out to veterans.

This week:

• The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room No. 1 in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room.

• The Hamburg Village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The Frontier Central School District will hold a rally at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Blasdell Elementary School, 3780 South Park Ave., in protest of the governor’s proposal to tie education reforms to state school funding. The School Board will conduct a budget workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Blasdell Elementary.

• More than 45 local businesses will take part in the Hamburg Area Business Showcase, a trade show for Hamburg and Blasdell businesses, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Grange Building at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The event is free and open to the public.

• The sixth annual Prom Dress Drive sponsored by Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon and Urban Valet Dry Cleaners continues through Friday. After being dry cleaned, the dresses will be made available to local high school girls who are in need of a dress for prom or special occasion.

Donations of dresses will be accepted at Blasdell Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.; Boston Free Library, 9475 Boston State Road; Dudley Branch Library, 2010 South Park Ave.; Eden Boys & Girls Club, 8284 N. Main St.; Erie County Legislature, 92 Franklin St., Fourth Floor; Hamburg Village Hall, 100 Main St.; Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road; Lake Shore Branch Library, 4857 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg; Urban Valet Cleaners, 106 Evans St., Hamburg, 4081 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, and 620 Elmwood Ave.