Monday, Feb 26th

In Support of the Property Tax Exemption for Volunteer Emergency Workers

busdrill1(This letter was written by Deborah Skolnik)
I am writing to express my wholehearted support for the Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Property Tax Exemption Act. The legislative proposal adopts New York State Assembly Bill A10155A in the Village of Scarsdale, which proposes a 10% property tax exemption for active volunteer emergency service workers. This initiative is not only a recognition of the invaluable contributions of our volunteer firefighters but also a strategic move to fortify the safety and resilience of our community.

In Scarsdale, our volunteer firefighters play a vital role in our Fire Department. Their unwavering dedication and selflessness are the backbone of our emergency services. They respond to crises without hesitation, putting their lives on the line to protect our community. It is only fitting that we acknowledge their tireless efforts and provide a token of appreciation for their service.

The projected average tax impact on village residents is a mere $25 per year, an inconsequential amount when weighed against the profound benefits it brings. This small investment has the potential to yield significant returns. By passing this bill, we send a clear message that we value and honor our volunteer emergency service workers. This recognition not only boosts morale but also encourages others to join their ranks, thus strengthening our emergency services.

Moreover, the bill will aid in the retention of qualified volunteers, ensuring that our community remains well-prepared for any emergency. In a world where every second counts, having a dedicated force of volunteers in town is indispensable.

In summary, New York State Bill A10155A is a win-win for our community. It is a small financial commitment that carries immense symbolic and practical significance. By supporting this bill, we recognize and reward the dedication of our volunteer emergency service workers while fortifying the safety and preparedness of Scarsdale. I urge our Board of Trustees to pass this crucial legislation.


Deborah Skolnik

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