AMESBURY – Since 2007, local seniors have been able to take advantage of a popular program that allows them to take part-time jobs with the city to pay off some of their property taxes, and starting this summer, local veterans of all ages will be able to as well.
The Council on Aging is now accepting applications for the city’s fifth annual Tax Work Off Program, which will now be open to veterans thanks to new legislation passed by the City Council last year.
The program gives local seniors and veterans the opportunity to take a part-time job with the city, with all the earnings going directly to the resident’s end-of-year tax bill. Council on Aging Director Annmary Connor said she believes the veterans program will be a huge success, and she urged residents to send in their applications sooner rather than later, since the senior program has filled up quickly in the past.
“We’re excited to be launching the veterans component,” Connor said. “I think it’s a great addition and we’re happy to be starting it.”
The two programs allow local seniors and veterans of all ages to work up to 93.75 hours for the city between Aug. 1, 2013 and March 30, 2014 and earn up to a $750 credit towards their property tax bill.
This year there are nine total positions, with seven budgeted for the senior program and the remaining two for the veterans. Connor said there will be three positions in the school system – one at Cashman Elementary, one at Amesbury Elementary and one in the special education office – along with ones in the city clerk’s office, the youth recreation department, the library and the senior center.
There will also be two new positions offered this year. One will be offered through the Department of Public Works, where the resident will work at the Lake Attitash boat ramp, and the other will be in the city’s inspection services department.