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County raises income eligibility for disabled residents to qualify for tax exemptions

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 November 2017 at 7:35 pm

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature voted today to raise the eligibility levels for disabled residents to qualify for reductions on their county taxes.

The county in 2007 passed a local law that capped the income levels at $11,399 for disabled residents to receive an exemption. (At $10,500 to $11,399 in annual income, a disabled resident was receiving a 5 percent discount on county taxes.)

Residents, in the amended law, can now have incomes up to $23,899 and receive a 5 percent exemption on their county taxes.

The previous law gave disabled residents a 50 percent discount on their taxes if their income was $3,000 or less annually. Disabled residents can now have incomes up to $15,500 annually and qualify for the 50 percent reduction.

The county has a sliding scale exemption rate, ranging from 50 percent off to 5 percent.

Here is the new schedule:

Annual Income             Tax Exemption

$15,500 or less              50%

$15,500.01-$16,499.99  45%

$16,500-$17,499.99       40%

$17,500-$18,499.99       35%

$18,500-$19,399.99       30%

$19,400-$20,299.99       25%

$20,300-$21,299.99       20%

$21,200-$22,099.99       15%

$22,100-$22,999.99       10%

$23,000-$23,899.99       5%

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