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The Town Offices will be closed on Monday, January 16th for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
The official website of the Saratoga Lake Association is www.saratogalake.org. Check the site out to keep current on the status of efforts to prevent Saratoga Lake from becoming a reservoir.
General Schuyler Emergency Squad
The General Schuyler Emergency Squad is making good progress in the design of their new building to be located on Route 29 near Louden Road. It is hoped that construction may begin this spring.
Quaker Springs Fire Department News
At the fire district election on December 13th, James Bodnar was re-elected as Fire Commissioner, Ann Crandall was elected as Secretary/Treasurer, and the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) was approved.
Town Tax Collector
New Town Tax Collector James Gorham recently mailed tax notices for all parcels in the town. Residents may pay their taxes in person at the town hall or mail them to the tax collector. During January, Jim will collect taxes at the Town Hall in the Conference Room on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. During February and March, Jim will be in the Town Hall Conference Room on Monday's only from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Taxes may be mailed to Jim at anytime. If you have any questions for Jim, call him at 695-3644 X 18.
Town Assessor Catherine DeFelice reminds all residents that will be 65 years old before March 1st that they may be eligible for school tax relief programs. The first program is the Senior Exemption program and is for residents that live in either the Schuylerville or Saratoga Springs school district. Under this program if your income is less than $32,399.99, you may be eligible for a reduction in property assessment. The maximum assessment reduction is 50% for an income of $24,000 or less and decreases in 5% increments down to a minimum of 5% assessment reduction for an income of $32,399.99. Property ownership, occupancy status, and residency are additional eligibility factors considered for this program. Applications for this program must be submitted by March 1st. A second school tax relief program called Enhanced Star provides for a reduction of up to $50,000 of assessed value for residents that will turn 65 years of age anytime during 2006 with an annual income of $66,050 or less. A third school tax relief program called Basic Star is available for all residents regardless of income level. This program provides for a reduction of $30,000 of assessed property value. Residents already signed up for this program do not need to do so again. If you are eligible for any of the programs, please contact Catherine DeFelice at 695-4034 for more information.