Voters Boost Tax Benefits For Disabled Veterans

03/08/11 4:04PM By John Dillon

(Host)  Voters in 31 towns have decided to boost a property tax benefit for disabled veterans.

State law allows towns to exempt the first $40,000 of a disabled veteran's property value from local taxes.

But up until a few years ago, many towns did not allow the full benefit. Lou Lertola is a Korean War veteran from South Burlington. He's led a one-person lobbying campaign to encourage towns to provide the full property tax break.

Lertola says last week's Town Meeting Day was a success. 

(Lertola) "Franklin County. The whole county is at $40,000. Addison County only has one town that isn't. Chittenden has one town that isn't."

(Host) Lertola says the votes on Town Meeting Day will reduce property tax bills for 311 disabled veterans around the state.

(Lertola) "It's not total yet, because there a couple of towns I just haven't been able to get a hold of. But I assume that they traditionally have not voted to increase it, and why would they change it here. But 31 did."

(Host) State law also has a program that allows people to pay their education taxes based on their income rather than the value of their property. Lertola says he's now working on ways to help veterans who qualify for that program.

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