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News Briefs: Disability commission seeks members; senior tax work-off info session

By Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 News

Great Barrington seeks members for disability commission

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Selectboard is seeking five interested individuals to serve on the town’s Commission on Disability.

The members shall be persons with disabilities, one of which may be an immediate family member of someone with a disability, one appointed or elected town official, and one member at-large. The purpose of the commission is to coordinate or carry out programs in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts Office on Disability in order to bring about full and equal participation in all aspects of life in the own of Great Barrington for people with disabilities.

Letters of interest should be sent to to Mark Pruhenski, Town Manager, 334 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230 or emailed to hkuziemko@townofgb.org by Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

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Great Barrington to hold info session on Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program

Great Barrington — The town will hold a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 S. Main St., to share details of the Senior Property Tax Work-off Program, which provides a tax bill reduction of up to $1,500 to participating seniors age 60 and over.

Town residents age 60 and older, regardless of income, can join the program. Work completed by Aug. 28, 2020, will result in a 2021 property tax bill reduction of up to $1,500.

The program already has nearly 30 participants, but 45 new positions have been identified throughout various town departments. Seniors with talents and skills in areas such as gardening, computer technology, office skills, finance, photography and library interests are invited to apply.

The program elements include:

  • Participants work up to 125 hours per year of work (approximately 2.4 hours per week); work can begin at any time during the year.
  • Work is calculated at a rate of $12 per hour, which is applied to the fiscal year 2021 property tax exemption, up to $1,500.
  • Work takes place before Aug. 28, 2020; the application process is now open.
  • The town will match seniors’ skills with the identified town departments and roles that require assistance.
  • There are no income or asset income limits for participants.

The town is accepting applications from resident taxpayers 60 and older. Those who applied in 2018 or 2019 need not re-apply but will be contacted by phone for updates. Applications are available online or may be obtained from the town manager’s office at Town Hall, 334 Main St., during regular business hours.

For more information, contact Amy Pulver at apulver@townofgb.org.


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