East Aurora School District approves veterans’ exemption

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By Christopher Gordon

Veterans who live in the East Aurora School District can now apply for tax exemptions since the School Board unanimously approved the measure minutes after the conclusion of a public hearing Wednesday night.

“We’ve been discussing it at the board level for the last 18 to 24 months,” School Superintendent Brian D. Russ said.

He said the board was approached by veterans several months ago to consider making such a move, and “out of respect and gratitude,” have been considering the change. However, Russ also acknowledged that it was not an easy decision to make because the district had to figure out what impact the potential of shifting taxes could have on taxpayers.

According to Russ, if all 686 veterans who live in the district were to apply for the tax exemption, then it would impact $4,788,570 on the assessed value – which amounts to just under 1 percent of the total tax levy.

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