Hadley boosts tax work-off program for seniors to $1,000

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Staff Writer
Monday, November 29, 2021

HADLEY — Qualifying senior citizens and veterans participating in the senior tax work-off program in 2022 will be eligible to get a larger reduction in their property tax bills.

The Select Board recently approved increasing the maximum work-off amount from $500 to $1,000 for those who participate between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31

Senior Center Director Hayley Wood told the board increasing the payment is being done partly to attract more people, or “takers,” into the abatement program, though it’s uncertain whether the town can get five people into the program. The program has been underutilized, Wood said, and just one person is currently signed up.

Select Board member Jane Nevinsmith said the increase seemed sensible as it might encourage more people to take advantage of the program.

Those eligible include people who are homeowners and 60 and older, and meet income guidelines, or a veteran approved by the Northampton Veterans Department. The hourly rate is $14.25 per hour, the state’s minimum wage as of Jan. 1, and 35 to 70 hours is the usual commitment.

The positions range from document shredder for the Board of Health to lunch deliverer for the Senior Center and library assistant. Those interested should call Wood at 586-4023, ext. 1, by Dec. 30.

Meanwhile, the Senior Center is hosting, for six hours each week, rapid COVID-19 tests for asymptomatic people of all ages on a walk-in basis. Registered nurse Alycia Wright will be doing the tests on behalf of the Board of Health. It takes 15 minutes to get the results.

The schedule includes Monday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 2, 7 and 17 from 9 a.m. to noon, and Dec. 3, 6 and 15 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.