Elderly, disabled and low-income Windsor residents will likely reserve no issue with one of the town council's most recent actions — the governing body voted unanimously to increase tax benefits for such residents.
According to town documents, the town council decided to double benefits to Windsor's elderly, disabled and low-income residents by amending a local ordinance concerning property tax benefits.
The ordinance, adopted in 2006, supplements state tax benefits provided to those in need, providing up to $1,500 for married couples on an annual basis.
The town has traditionally provided 20 percent of those financial benefits to residents, with the state providing partial reimbursements (the state reimbursed 85 percent of town benefits provided last year).
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Doubling the percentage of state benefits provided on a local level will increase potential benefits, allowing them to reach up to $1,750 for married couples and $1,000 for single residents, town documents note.
In addition, the town council voted to amend ordinance language to allow for the expansion of eligible recipients. Under the amendment, some residents who have just missed the cut, would receive benefits.
Financially, town documents say, the changes adopted by the town council will raise the local budget impact of the tax-benefit program from $62,388 to an estimated $125,000.
The income level of eligible recipients was raised to just above $43,000.