Update: Town Board OK’s tax exemption for first responders

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Do you ive in Riverhead but serve with a fire department outside of town? If you hurry now, you could be eligible for a tax exemption.

UPDATE: The Town Board on Tuesday voted 3-0 in favor of allowing fire department or ambulance corps volunteers who live in Riverhead Town but have served in a Suffolk County department outside the town  a 10 percent town property tax exemption.

Councilmen George Gabrielsen and John Dunleavy were not in attendance at the special, time-sensitive meeting and did not vote.

To qualify for the exemption, residents must have volunteered in an out-of-town department for more than 20 years. But they better hurry. Volunteers must file for the exemption by the end of the business day on March 1, which is this Thursday.  Town Hall closes at 4:30 p.m. that day.


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