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February 14, 2014

No veterans tax break for coming year

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City School Board decided Thursday night to seek public input on whether military veterans should get a break on taxes.

The School Board held a public hearing on a new veterans exemption that districts are allowed to offer.

For years, real-property tax law has allowed each of the state’s counties, cities, towns and villages the option of exempting veterans from some property taxes. But the option was extended to school districts in November 2013 via legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The tax breaks have to be authorized by March 1 in order to affect next year’s school taxes.

On Thursday night, three people addressed City School Board members, all urging them to seek more public input before making a decision.

The board then voted down a motion to offer the veterans exemption for the coming school year.

The board instead decided put the issue before district residents during the May budget vote. However, it will be an advisory opinion only, with the School Board having the final say on whether to grant the exemption for future years.

Due to the winter weather, the Press-Republican initiated an early press run Thursday night, so further coverage of this decision, including comments from members of the public, will appear in Saturday’s paper.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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