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Senior Citizen Tax Workoff Program
Click here to read the Policy passed at the Annual Town Meeting on April 8, 2003.
WHAT IS THE SENIOR CITIZEN TAX WORKOFF PROGRAM?
The Senior Citizen Tax Workoff Program is a program of the Town of West Tisbury that offers seniors the opportunity to contribute up to 111 hours of service to the Town and receive up to a $750.00 reduction in real estate taxes. The pay rate is $6.75/hour, the Massachusetts minimum wage/ though participants will not earn paychecks. Instead, they will receive a voucher that can be submitted to the Tax Collector as evidence of the amount "earned," which will then be deducted from the tax bill.
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
Participants must be 60 or older as of July 1, 2003. They must be year-round West Tisbury tax-paying residents with property in West Tisbury and have a demonstrated financial hardship or need in order to have first priority for the program. Applicants who have some special skill of particular use to the Town will receive second priority.
WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE WORK TO BE PERFORMED?
Depending on the interests and/or experience of the participants, the work may be clerical work, library assistance, grant writing, landscaping, shellfish propagation support, etc. The Town departments include the Building and Zoning Department, the Assessors office, office of the Tax Collector or Town Clerk, the Highway Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Council on Aging, Conservation Commission, etc.
WHAT ARE THE DAYS AND HOURS?
This depends on the participant's schedule and the needs of the department or office to be served. The actual number of hours will depend on the tasks. Participants may not work more than 111 hours in the tax year. For the first year, participants may start after July 1, 2003 and must finish the program by December 1, 2003. Work performed after December 1, 2003 will be credited to the following year's actual tax bill.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
Applications are available at the Up-Island Council on Aging, the West Tisbury Free Public Library, the Selectmen's office or by clicking below. Council on Aging staff will verify information provided and approve the application.* If accepted, you must also complete an employment contract with the Town.
* Only the Board of Assessors can approve the actual tax deduction and will do so upon certification that the work was actually performed.