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Military veterans should be given school tax exemptions

Generally, those who serve our military are held in high esteem. However, it would appear that some local school boards do not extend the same respect to vets as the general public. According to the superintendent of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, only 40 percent of school boards statewide give school tax exemptions to our vets.

New York’s governor authorized school districts to give school tax exemptions to veterans based on the same criteria given to them for their property taxes.

The bill (S.1724/ A.5135), would extend the veteran’s property tax exemption to include school tax bills in New York state. Currently, state property tax laws provide partial property tax exemptions to qualified veterans of the United States military. In 2013 and 2016 the alternative veteran’s property tax exemption and Cold War property tax exemption were amended to give school districts the option of allowing the exemptions. With this legislation, all three veteran’s property tax exemptions would be consistent and apply to school taxes.

I believe that this benefit should be immediately approved for those who have selflessly served (or continue to serve) our country. The tax break should have been approved when the bill was enacted seven years ago.

MARK F. BOHNE

Broadalbin

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