Selectboard considers tax abatement for COVID-19 – Milton Independent

 On April 20, the Milton selectboard used video conferencing app, Zoom, for the first time to discuss possible tax abatement for residents hurt by COVID-19.

“In late March, Town Manager Don Turner reported to the board that Town finance officials predicted a 25 percent tax delinquency rate, in part due to COVID-19; normally, Milton sees a delinquency rate of under six percent. Since the Town Charter does not provide the selectboard any authority to push tax deadlines or waive fees, Turner said he's been working with finance staff to find some relief for hurting Miltonians via the Board of Abatement. Turner noted that it is not in his job description to find loopholes for residents to avoid taxes, however he's heard from many that they won't be able to meet the May 15 tax deadline this year. Milton tax bills are paid in three installments: September 15, February 15 and May 15. The first two installment due dates are not mandatory, however, the full bill must be paid by May 15."


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