Veterans In Harrison Will Receive School Tax Exemption

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Veterans living in Harrison can now apply for an exemption from school taxes.
Veterans living in Harrison can now apply for an exemption from school taxes. Photo Credit: File

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Board of Education for the Harrison Central School District has adopted a unanimous resolution to allow United States Veterans who live in Harrison to apply for an exemption from school taxes beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

“The Board of Education is profoundly grateful for the service provided to the nation by Harrison’s veterans,” Superintendent Louis Wool said in a statement.  “Adopting this legislation is one tangible way to express our gratitude for their commitment to our country and our community.”

The new Veteran Tax Exemption, an amended section to the New York Real Property Law section 458a and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 1, 2014, was authorized by the Board at their April 23, 2014 public meeting.

The Board of Education adopted the following alternative maximum exemption allowable in Real Property Tax Law, section 458-a(2) (a), (b) and (c) as follows:

  • Qualifying residential real property shall be exempt from taxation to the extent of 15% of the assessed value of such property; provided, however, that such exemption shall not exceed the lesser of [$12,000] $54,000 or the product of [$12,000] $54,000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate for the Town of Harrison.
  • In addition to the exemption provided by Subsection A of this section, where the veteran served in a combat theater or combat zone of operations, as documented by the award of a United States campaign ribbon or service medal, qualifying residential real property also shall be exempt from taxation to the extent of 10% of the assessed value of such property; provided, however, that such exemption shall not exceed the lesser of [$8,000] $36,000 or the product of [$8,000] $36,000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate for the Town of Harrison.
  • In addition to the exemptions provided by Subsections A and B of this section, where the veteran received a compensation rating from the United States Veterans’ Administration because of a service-connected disability, qualifying residential real property shall be exempt from taxation to the extent of the product of the assessed value of such property  multiplied by 50% of the veterans’ disability rating; provided, however, that such exemption shall not exceed the lesser of [$40,000] $180,000 or the product of [$40,000] $180,000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate for the Town of Harrison.
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