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New Scotland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, February 2, 2012

VCSD offers tax break forstorm sufferers

VOORHEESVILLE — The school district has extended property-tax relief to flood victims, although it doesn’t expect anyone to claim the benefit.

On the last day to opt in, the school board voted unanimously to participate in the state’s Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Assessment Relief Act, which was created by the state in the wake of last summer’s major storms.  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the law on Dec. 9.

Some areas of Albany County were severely affected by the late-August storms, so all municipalities and school districts in the county are eligible to participate in the relief act.

Property owners who were catastrophically impacted by flooding, which means that they lost at least 50 percent of their land value, are able to make a claim.  The school district isn’t aware of anyone who would be eligible, Assistant Superintendent for Business Gregg Diefenbach said, “but we’re not sure.”

People have until March 8 to submit a written request to the town property assessor, who will determine the loss in value, according to the school district.

—By Saranac Hale Spencer

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