Rochester’s senior tax work off abatement policy amended

Apr 16, 2024

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Select Board unanimously voted to amend conditions of the town’s senior tax work-off abatement policy at a meeting on Tuesday, April 16.

At a Jan. 22 Special Town Meeting, residents voted to raise the amount seniors can have cut from their tax bills through work for the town from $750 to $1,500.

Rochester Council on Aging Director Eric Poulin requested other changes to the policy that needed Select Board approval, rather than public approval.

Poulin said there had been confusion about whether the minimum age to be eligible was 60 or 62. He confirmed that the correct age is 60.

He also requested that the capacity of seniors in the program be raised from 20 to 25.

Finally, he requested that the maximum household income for eligible seniors be raised from $47,000 to $70,000 per year, noting that Rochester had the lowest income limit for program eligibility in the Tri-Town.

The Rochester Select Board unanimously approved each of Poulin’s three requests.