N.Y. county law gives 10% county tax break to volunteer responders
Supporters of the new law believe it will improve recruitment and retention of volunteers
By Sandra Tan
The Buffalo News
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A newly adopted Erie County law offers a 10% county property tax exemption for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.
To be eligible for the tax break, volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers must serve a minimum of two years and live in the same district where they serve. The requirements of the law were set by New York State.
The proposal to have Erie County participate in the tax exemption program was initially made by Republican Legislator James Malczewski of Elma and unanimously approved by the entire County Legislature last month.
It was signed into law this past week by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
Both men said they hope the new law will help entice more men and women to join volunteer fire companies and ambulance crews, which are experiencing serious problems with recruitment. Erie County has 94 volunteer fire departments and five emergency squads, accounting for more than 5,000 members.
Today, I proudly signed into effect the Volunteer Firefighter & Ambulance Corps Tax Exemption Law. As a result, volunteer firefighters and ambulance can qualify for a 10% property tax exemption. This is a small way we can say thank you to all of our volunteers for their service! pic.twitter.com/ohXgqJJkOu— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) May 18, 2023
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