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Law would give more seniors tax relief

Babylon Village Hall.

Babylon Village Hall. Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Babylon’s Town Board is considering a law that would allow more senior citizens to apply for a low-income exemption on town and county taxes.

Board members scheduled a May 22 public hearing to consider raising the income cutoff for the exemption from $32,400 to $37,400.

“With the economy the way it is, we know that seniors across Long Island are struggling and this is being proposed to alleviate the burden on lower-income seniors,” town spokesman Tim Ruggeri said.

The exemption does not apply to school taxes.

Applicants must still be 65 years or older by the end of the year in which they are seeking an exemption, must have owned their home for at least a year, and must use the home as their primary residence.

Currently, 2,984 Babylon households receive the exemption.

Many other Long Island towns have already raised the income cutoff limit.

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