Senior Citizens Work-Off Abatement Program
June 9, 2014
Mayor Daniel Rizzo is happy to announce once again the implementation of the Senior Citizen Work-Off Abatement Program for 2014. The program allows for 50 seniors to work for a $750 property tax deduction and another 50 seniors to work for a $500 water bill reduction.
“This program serves two purposes for us as a city government,” commented Mayor Rizzo. “First of all, it provides some relief for our seniors, typically on fixed incomes, faced with the burden of paying local property taxes and water bills. Second, this volunteer program will allow City Hall to provide even better services to the public utilizing the marvelous skills and talents of our seniors.”
The “Senior Citizen Work-Off Abatement Program” will allow up to one hundred (100) seniors to work a total of 62 ½ hours within various departments of City Hall that require assistance. These elderly will work for an hourly wage, but rather than receiving a check every week, they will earn an abatement on their property taxes or water bills.
In order to qualify for the program, Revere residents must be at least 60 years of age, hold a primary residence in Revere, and have an ownership interest in that residence. This year, the City Council has added income limitations for applicants. In order to apply, individuals can have an income of no greater than $45,000 annually. The limit for married couples is $55,000.
Abatements received under this program will be in addition to any other exemptions for which the senior is eligible. Abatements earned under this program will not be considered income or wages for the purpose of state income tax withholdings, unemployment compensation or worker’s compensation.
Applications will be available in the Mayor’s office on Monday, June 9, 2014. Applications must be completed and returned to the Mayor’s Office by the deadline date of Monday, July 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. No applications will be accepted beyond July 7th. If necessary, a public lottery will be held in the City Council Chamber on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of selecting participants
“The City of Revere, and our country overall, owes the seniors of this generation a great deal of gratitude. Although I don’t believe that we can ever fully repay this debt, I hope that this program is a continuing step in the right direction.”
For more information regarding the “Senior Citizen Work-Off Abatement Program,” feel free to contact the Mayor’s Office at 781-286-8111.