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February 15, 2014

Voters won't have final say on vet breaks


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Board members are expected to vote March 19 to put the exemptions on the May 20 ballot. A public hearing would have to be scheduled.

In order to take effect for a given school year and be applied to tax rolls, the exemptions would have to be approved by the Board of Education by March 1. Since it’s too late to take place for the next school year, the earliest the exemptions would take effect is the 2015-16 school year.

Municipalities have been authorized to offer partial exemptions to veterans since 1984. The new law signed by Cuomo now extends that authority to school districts, but it also leaves up to school boards the choice whether and how to implement those exemptions.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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