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Milford Considers Tax Work-Off Program for Veterans

A new state law allows towns and cities to adopt a program that allows veterans to waive up to $1,000 a year in property taxes by performing volunteer work.

are considering a program that would allow local veterans to reduce their property tax bills by up to $1,000 a year, in exchange for volunteer services.

The Veteran's Property Tax Work-Off Program is similar to a program now in effect for senior citizens.

Milford Selectmen have asked the town administrator and the veterans' agent to look into the program and come back with a recommendation. Approval would require a Town Meeting vote. The legislation, called the VALOR Act, was approved this year, according to a letter from state Sen. Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge).

In his letter, Moore said the inspiration came from a conversation he had with Northbridge veterans last December. Westborough Selectmen plan to place an article supporting the program on the Annaul Town Meeting warrant, making it among the first communities to consider it.

Live and In Color August 02, 2012 at 07:33 PM
How about combat vets simply pay not taxes, if anyone deserves it, it's them.
Juan Rivera August 03, 2012 at 12:59 PM
why isn't this available to everyone?
SomeoneOrSomething August 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
You don't get paid a lot in the military Juan... that's one reason (besides the many obvious ones).
Mike August 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
@Jaun - You want the benefits of being a veteran, then honorably serve in one of the branches of the US Armed Services.
Juan Rivera August 03, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Mike, i would like to serve but i but i have to much trouble with the court. I dont think it is fair to have this only for the veterens, man. It should be for everybody you know. it should be equal.
Mike August 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Juan. First, let me start out by saying that I’ve been giving my response thought because if I say what I want to say and how I want to say it I’m sure my post would be deleted. If you haven’t figured it out by now, life isn’t fair so get over it. Life is about the choices you make. I chose to go to school and get my diploma. I chose to join the military and serve my country honorably. I chose to go to college and earn a degree once I was honorably discharged from the military. I chose to stay out of trouble, stay out of jail and stay out of courts. I choose to work, pay taxes and earn an honest living. Military veterans made the choice to serve, no one forced us. The ones who came back injured didn’t choose to join the service and be wounded. The ones who didn’t make it back didn’t join the service just to come home in a body bag. We made the choice to serve our country, with whatever consequences it led to. So if our town or any business wishes to give back something or help out a veteran then they should be able to freely do so without having to give the same to the so many people out there that have their hands out to get whatever they can for free.
Juan Rivera August 03, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Mike, i have good life here in america. I come and i work hard for my family. My cousin salazar and me work all day on roofing. Very hard work. Why i cannot have same rights and benefits as you? I work just as hard, maybe harder then you because i was no born here and i have to learn everything different. This is america where i can be free like everybody, man.
Mike August 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
If you are a legal citizen of the US (and I’m not saying that you are not), then yes you should have the same rights as everyone else. As far as benefits, if you do nothing to earn those benefits then what makes you think you should just be given them? I served my time in the military. I’ve proudly defended the country that I was born and raised in. We are talking about potential benefits, the town has yet to decide on, that I have earned. Stop looking for free handouts.

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