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Hamburg Central Schools considering a property tax exemption for veterans

The Hamburg Central School District is considering offering a veterans exemption on property taxes.

The School Board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Administration Building, 5305 Abbott Parkway.

Nancy DiLonardo, deputy director of Erie County Real Property Tax Services, will provide information on the impact of the proposed exemption on property owners based on the current fiscal year. There also will be a question-and-answer period.

A second public hearing on the exemption is scheduled at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 in Union Pleasant Elementary School, 150 Pleasant Ave.

DiLonardo discussed the exemptions with the board last winter, but the board took no action.

The board could choose any of several different levels of exemption, or decide not to offer any exemption. Some exemptions would provide more savings to veterans. If an exemption is offered, the remaining taxpayers would make up the difference in tax revenue.

There are about 1,340 veterans in the district who have the exemption for county taxes who would receive a school exemption if it were enacted, and several hundred other veterans who have a different exemption who could apply for the school exemption.

DiLonardo suggested that 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. It would go into effect on the next school tax bill.