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TOBAY Notebook: Cold War Benefits Extension

Town to weigh extending benefits for veterans who served during the Cold War.

The has scheduled several public hearings for Tuesday.

Among them at the morning session is a public hearing to consider a local law extending a property tax exemption for Cold War veterans.

In 2008, the state passed legislation that allowed municipalities to adopt a local law extending property tax benefits to all veterans who served during the cold war period between 1945 and 1991.

“Prior to that, property tax exemptions for veterans covered only periods of war or conflict," said "In December 2008, the Oyster Bay Town Board approved a local law establishing a Cold War Veterans property tax exemption for Town residents. The purpose of this hearing is to extend that law.”  

The hearing will be held in the Hearing Room of Town Hall North, 54 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, beginning at 10 a.m. Following regular town business, the Town Board will be available to listen to public comment on any subject.

The for a proposal to develop the on Old Country Road in Plainview is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Town Hall.

Town's Blood Drive a success

Twice a year, the Town sponsors a blood drive and the most recent event at numerous Oyster Bay facilities produced 116 pints of blood.

The donations were made by both town employees and residents. When the blood is broken into its component parts, it has the potential of saving hundreds of lives, town officials said.

Landmarks Meeting Cancelled

The meeting of the Town of Oyster Bay Landmarks Preservation Commission scheduled for Wednesday March 21 has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for May 16.

The 7-member Landmarks Preservation Commission was formed in 1974 to recommend for preservation sites and structures within the Town which have historical, architectural or antiquarian significance.

John Rennhack March 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Who pays for all the property tax exemptions? The money has to come from somewhere to offset the loss due to the exemption. It's the taxpayer who has no exemptions that carries the burden of higher taxes.
Grifhunter March 14, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Lets see, volunteer fireman, war vets, old folks, churches. So lets every year keep adding to the list of exemptions and pretty soon the only people paying are Mr. Rennhack and myself. ELIMANATE ALL EXEMPTIONS. Lady liberty is blind and so should be the tax laws. Pandering for votes should be beneath this Town Board, seeing as handily they win elections.
John Rennhack March 14, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Who is looking out for the regular middle-class taxpayer? The ones that don't fall into the Special Citizen Tax Status? There are exemptions proposed in Albany at least 3-4 times a session. Those keep adding up and adding up. See this link for a great take on the expemtions.. http://www.lohud.com/article/20080612/NEWS03/806120417/Reassessing-tax-relief In New York, the state Legislature mandates partial tax exemptions, but local villages, towns, school districts and counties face the impact. In some cases, local municipalities can vote to determine the extent of the discount they want to offer to their property owners. "This is sort of a self-inflicted wound," Orangetown Assessor Brian Kenney said. "Every year, new exemptions are proposed by the Legislature. The majority of people, who don't qualify for these exemptions, have to pay for them." "It has become a political giveaway because it doesn't impact their bottom line at all," Clarkstown Assessor Cathy Conklin said." Thomas Frey, executive secretary of the New York State Assessors' Association, said property taxes in general had reached a tipping point for many people, and that tax exemptions played a role." ""I don't think people understand that when you are giving an exemption to someone, it comes out of somebody else's pocket," Stony Point Assessor John O'Shaughnessy said." "One of the reasons property tax is so high is because there's a lot of people who don't pay any of it," Frey said.

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