FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2023
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Town Opts Into Tax Exemption for Volunteer Firefighters and Volunteer Ambulance Workers
North Hempstead, NY – The North Hempstead Town Board unanimously passed a resolution opting the Town into a partial tax exemption from real property taxes for enrolled members of an incorporated volunteer fire company, fire department or incorporated volunteer ambulance service. The resolution was co-sponsored by Council Members Mariann Dalimonte and Peter Zuckerman.
“By opting into this tax exemption, we can help alleviate the financial burden place on our volunteer first responders,” said Council Member Dalimonte. “Our volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. It is only right that we provide them with the support they need and deserve.”
“As a resident of the greater North Hempstead community for many years, I have seen firsthand the dedication and sacrifice that our volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers make on a daily basis,” said Council Member Zuckerman. “They deserve our appreciation and support for their service, and I am thrilled that we will now be able to offer this exemption.
By opting in to Section 466-c of the New York Real Property Tax Law, the Town can now authorize a tax exemption of up to 10% of the assessed value of property owned by volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers with a minimum of two years of service.
The application for the exemption must be made to the Nassau County Department of Assessment. Each applicant must supply a letter of certification that includes the exact date enrolled and current active status on the letterhead of the incorporated volunteer fire company, fire department or voluntary ambulance service.
For those who have additional questions or would like more information, please call the Nassau County Department of Assessment at 516-571-1500