PLAINVILLE — Treasurer-Collector Janet Jannell and Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Committee Vice Chairman Richard Guillette announce that applications are now being accepted for Plainville seniors and/or disabled taxpayers seeking financial assistance with their property tax bills.
Financial assistance will be provided through grants allocated to senior and/or disabled residents from the fairly new Plainville Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Fund. The fund, approved by town meeting voters, is overseen by the Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Committee, which is comprised of the chairman of the board of assessors, the town treasurer and three residents.
The fund was created to help local residents and is funded with donations from residents and businesses. It’s expected grants of $500 or more are awarded annually to the most in-need applicants.
“The program is funded solely by donations from generous residents, businesses, community groups, churches and friends who are able to help those in need,” Vice Chairman Guillette said. “We are hopeful that this program will support the most vulnerable members of our community in the years ahead.”
To qualify for a grant allocated from the fund, residents must be 65 or older or disabled as of July 1 of this year, have an income of no more than $27,000 per year if single or a combined income of $37,000 per year for couples, and must own and occupy a home in Plainville as his/her primary residence. Applicants who have income that exceeds but is close to the guidelines are still encouraged to apply.
Applications are available at the Senior Center ( 9 School St.), Assessor’s Office and Treasurer’s Office at the Town Hall (190 South St.) or with the Veteran’s Affairs Agent, the latter for veterans only.
Applications must be returned to the Assessor’s Office by Friday, Sept. 30.
“We hope that all eligible residents learn about this program and get their applications in by the deadline,” Guillette said. “We encourage residents to let relatives and neighbors know about this program if they think they might meet the guidelines. Rest assured, all personal information will remain confidential.”
Added Treasurer-Collector Jannell, “Last year, we awarded 11 tax grants totaling $5,500. If we get more donations this year, we should be able to provide assistance to more residents.”
Residents and businesses that would like to donate to the program may do so here.
Residents can also send a check made out to the Town of Plainville Tax Relief Fund. Checks can be mailed to:
Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Tax Fund
c/o Town Collector
PO Box 1795
Plainville, MA 02762
For more information regarding the Plainville Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Fund, contact the Council on Aging at 508-699-7384, the assessor’s office at 508-695-3010, ext. 430, or the treasurer’s office at 508-576-8440.
To learn more about the Taxation Aid Committee, click here.