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Veterans’ Tax Exemption - Financial Decision Needs Community Input

The Gates Chili Board of Education is currently considering the possibility of offering a Veterans’ Tax Exemption. As part of the review process, the Board is conducting an online survey and holding a public hearing on January 8, 2019.  All District residents are encouraged to participate in the online survey and/or public hearing.

The Gates Chili Board of Education is considering adopting Section 458-a of Real Property Tax Law, the Veterans' Exemption for the 2019-2020 school year. If adopted, it would grant exemptions to wartime veterans ranging from 15% to 75% of their assessed value, up to a maximum of $45,000, depending on if they served in a combat zone and/or suffered a disability in connection with their military service. Offering these exemptions would cause property tax rates to rise by approximately $.23 per thousand, which would cost the average home ($120,000 assessment) an additional $28 annually.

The Board of Education has developed a short survey to provide you with an opportunity for input into this important decision located at:

Our online survey will remain open until December 31, 2018.

For more information:  
September 25, 2018 Board Presentation

October 23, 2018 Board Presentation