Letter: Too soon to decide on vets' exemption

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Two recent letters stated that the Mineola school board declined to pass the veterans partial tax exemption ["School district denies veterans discount," July 15]. I wish to clarify.

In February, the board was prepared to address the recently enacted exemption but was advised by counsel that an error existed in language of the state law that could affect the district's future ability to amend or withdraw the exemption. We have heard assurances from Albany that a bill to correct this language is progressing.

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On another issue, we also understand that a bill from Assemb. Thomas Abinanti (D-Greenburgh) would place the financial burden of these exemptions on state, not local, taxpayers. Why is there no Senate version of this bill?

We found no need to rush a decision until the state clarifies the law and tax burden. Our board is taking a fully informed approach. We will again consider the partial tax exemption for veterans in the future.

Artie Barnett, Mineola

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Mineola school board.

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