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Barnstable veterans can save $1,500 on their property taxes: Here’s how

BARNSTABLE, MA — They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes. You can’t cheat either, but Barnstable officials recently gave a group of residents a small tax cut.

Recent changes to Barnstable’s tax offset program allowed eligible veterans to trade work in the township for a reduction in their property taxes of up to $1,500. Eligible seniors are also eligible for the program.

Finance Director Mark Milne joined Town Talk host Paula Hersey to explain the program and recent updates.

According to Milne, the city launched the program in 2009 for seniors. They could work for the city in exchange for up to $750 off their tax bill. This year, the amount they can earn hits the $1,500 mark for the first time.

Some of the work people who participate in this program can do include helping the town clerk with elections and volunteering with the police department.

The change to the ordinance comes after an update to general law in the Commonwealth, in addition to a mandatory two-thirds support vote from the council, Milne said.

An application for the program is available on the city’s website under Evaluation and Human Resources. To see the application, click here.