Two days after resident David Slitt complained at a Town Council meeting about the loss of the fire district tax credit for residents over age 65, Council President Michael Isaacs said the panel would vote to restore the credits at its next meeting, Sept. 8.
Slitt, 84, spoke during the public comment period of the council meeting Monday night, expressing his anger and disappointment that the credit had been eliminated. Isaacs said after the meeting the loss of the credit had been inadvertent.
According to Tax Assessor Janice Pexihno, the credit disappeared with the fire district was dissolved.
“There is no fire district tax so there is no fire district exemption. No one thought of that at the time of the merge,” she said.
Isaacs said he only learned of the loss of the tax credit – which both he and Councilor Mark Gee are eligible – two weeks ago. The tax bill sent in July for fiscal year 2015 was the first to comprise the single town taxing authority.
On Tuesday, Isaacs said the situation would be restored for the next fiscal year because it could only be done during a year when the town conducted a revaluation. One day later, Isaacs said he’d learned differently.
“All of us were very unhappy the situation arose,” Isaacs said. “We have determined that we can restore the fire district tax credit this year.”
A total of 1,445 households are eligible for the senior citizen tax credit, at a cost of $99,850 for the fire district part. Isaacs said he wasn’t sure yet how the mechanics of the restored credit would work, but said he was determined to restore it.
“I’m very thrilled with their action,” said Slitt Thursday. “I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for the very, very quick and favorable result.”
But there remains the question, why did this happen, he said.
“It’s not that I’m looking for total accountability,” said Slitt. “I’m just looking for an explanation.”