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November 13, 2012

Councilors to offer bill to bring tax relief to local veterans

This weekend we celebrated our veterans and gave thanks for all they do to keep this country safe, and now the Amesbury City Council will discuss a measure that would put those words into action.

Tonight’s meeting will feature a public hearing on a tax relief measure for Amesbury’s veterans. Should the measure be passed, then programs would be set up in town that would allow Amesbury veterans the opportunity to work in exchange for a reduced property tax bill.

The Veterans Tax bill, which is sponsored by Councilors Jim Kelcourse and Bob Lavoie, will address “the statewide issue of reasonably assisting the growing ranks of our veterans” while also giving Amesbury “greater flexibility in creating tax relief” that is right for the community.

Following the public hearing on the Veterans Tax bill, the council will be also presented with several noteworthy items of business.

Following on their successful fundraiser at the Ale House earlier this month, the Park Renovation Committee will be asking the council to accept a donation of $122,586 worth of playground equipment and infrastructure, including play structures for children aged 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, four banks of swings including one handicap-accessible swing, three belt swings, four toddler swings and two tire swings, two basketball hoops and all the necessary site work and landscaping.

The PRC said the equipment itself would be worth $76,486, while the infrastructure work will be worth $46,100.

In addition, the council will also be presented with a Green Energy bill by councilor Christian Scorzoni. If passed, the bill would adopt a “stretch code” designed to help Amesbury achieve 20 percent better energy efficiency in a cost-effective manner in large part by encouraging the use of “Energy Star”-rated appliances.

Adopting the “stretch code” is a prerequisite to receiving Green Community designation from the state, and by achieving that designation, Amesbury would become eligible to compete for roughly $10 million in annual grant funds for energy efficiency and renewable activities.

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