East Quogue School Board To Hold Hearing On Proposed Veterans’ Exemptions

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Before next week’s East Quogue Board of Education meeting, school district officials will hold a public hearing to discuss a resolution that would partially exempt veterans living in the hamlet from paying school taxes.

The hearing, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, and followed by the board meeting at 7:45 p.m., comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law in December that allows school districts to pass a resolution that applies the same exemptions veterans receive on municipal taxes to their school taxes. The Tuckahoe School District enacted a similar resolution last week.

East Quogue Board of Education President Mario Cardaci said he does not know what will be discussed at Tuesday’s hearing, and School Superintendent Les Black could not be reached for comment this week as the district is closed for February break.

The exemptions, if approved, would not relieve veterans of all their tax obligations, however. It would provide those who served in the military during wartime a 15-percent reduction in their assessed property values, as well as an additional 10 percent reduction if they also served in combat zones, according to an overview of the law provided by the State Department of Taxation and Finance. Additional reductions in assessed property value also would be given to those veterans who suffer from service-related disabilities.

East Quogue District Business Manager Betty Lev did not immediately return an email inquiring how the proposed exemptions would impact the already cash-strapped district.

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