Village of North Syracuse Senior Advocate Report

Village of North Syracuse Deputy Mayor Diane Browning releases January Senior Advocate Report

As each year goes by, there are many programs available to the seniors of North Syracuse. Browning explains the most current programs in the following report.

Senior partial tax exemption:

This provides seniors with a reduction of 5 percent to 50 percent of the assessed value of your property for city, town, village and school districts. You must be 65 years old to qualify. However, if a spouse that meets the age requirement passes away, his or her widow or widower who is 62 years of age or older, may still qualify. Applications are available at your tax assessor's office.

Enhanced STAR Program:

Provides reductions in school taxes. You must be 65 years old in 2010 to qualify. Applications are available at the OCOCA Energy Office and they must be filed by March 1, 2010. Call 435-8404 for more information.

Board notes

Last month, the Village of North Syracuse Board of Trustees passed a local law that will allow a real property tax exemption for qualifying Cold War veterans. A Cold War Veteran is a person who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991 and discharged honorably. Call you assessor's office for more information.

Browning also said that senior citizens should remember to wash their hands with soap and water for no less than 15 seconds to help avoid H1N1 infection.

As the village's Senior Advocate, Browning said she "tries to provide the most efficient and effective information to our senior population." It is your right to obtain appropriate benefits that are available, Browning said.

Browning is available to answer questions and assist in completing necessary paperwork at village hall, located at 600 S. Bay Road, North Syracuse. She can also be reached at 458-0900. It is your right to obtain appropriate benefits that are available, Browning said.

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