Annmary Connor, director of the Amesbury Council on Aging, will be in charge of folding the veterans tax relief program into the existing program for seniors. And Kristen Lucier, the city’s director of veterans services, will work with Connor to ensure that the program addresses the unique needs of veterans.
Taking a cue from the senior work-off program, the city will be identifying various jobs that the veterans can apply for when the time comes. Mayor Thatcher Kexer said that approach has proven more effective than hiring numerous individuals and then trying to find something for them to do later.
The law states that veterans who are hired through the program can’t supplant existing staff.
“We can’t violate collective bargaining laws; we can’t have these folks perform functions that are performed by collective bargaining unions,” Kezer said. “So the tasks that we would assign would be those additional tasks that are generally outside the scope of what the collective bargained unions do.”
Kezer said an appropriation to the city budget will be needed to fund the tax-relief program. The cost will be addressed during the next budget cycle, he said.