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Smithtown school board mulls vets, Gold Star tax exemption

The Smithtown Central School District Board of Education will consider whether to adopt a tax exemption for veterans and Gold Star parents at its meeting Tuesday. 

The exemption, which would take effect for the 2018-2019 school year. As many as 1,381 parcels in the district would be affected and shift a tax burden of up to $241,000 from eligible homeowners to the rest of the district, a district spokesman wrote in an email. 

Taxes on nonexempt properties would increase by approximately 0.32 per $100 of assessed value. On a typical home assessed at $6,000, that increase would be $19.29 annually.

The district is the only one in Smithtown that does not offer an exemption for veterans.

Board of Education trustees voted 5-2 against passing the Alternative Veterans Exemption in 2014. After veterans and supporters renewed their push for a tax exemption in March, district superintendent James Grossane released a statement saying “the Board is very concerned regarding the increased tax burden this exemption would cause to the non-veteran taxpayer.”

The Board of Education meets 8 p.m. at 26 New York Ave. in Smithtown.

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