Albion adds tax discount for disabled, expands income levels for seniors to qualify

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 December 2022 at 12:45 pm

This chart shows the new senior citizen income levels and the percent of the property tax discount.

ALBION – The Albion Town Board followed the lead of the Orleans County Legislature and expanded the income levels for senior citizens to qualify for a tax discount. Albion also became the second town in the county to offer a tax reduction for disabled property owners younger than 65.

Like the county, Albion’s senior exemption previously gave 50 percent off property taxes for those 65 and older with an annual income at $15,500 or less.

The new exemption levels offer 50 percent off at annual incomes of $19,000 or less. It then drops in 5 percent increments until bottoming out at 20 percent off between $23,800 and $24,699.99.

This chart shows the new low-income disabled resident income levels and the percent of the property tax discount. Low-income disabled residents will switch to the senior citizen tax exemption once they are 65.

Albion also added income levels for low-income disabled residents. Albion is the second town after Murray to include that exemption. The exemption is 50 percent off for annual incomes at $19,000 or less. That exemption then drops 5 percent before the lowest level of 5 percent off at incomes between $26,500 and $27,399.99.

The exemptions take effect in the 2024 tax bills. Applications for the exemptions are due by March 1.

Property owners can go through the town assessor to apply for the exemption. In Albion, the town contracts with the Orleans County Real Property Tax Services Department, which can be reached at (585) 589-5400. Or click here for an online application.