Seniors living in Patchogue Village will no longer have to file for renewal of a senior citizens exemption in accordance with property tax law regarding their home if they have already filed five years in a row.
The Patchogue Village Board of Trustees approved Tuesday night the elimination of the requirement during a public hearing, but village assessment clerk Kathleen Gallo told Patch that residents will still have to submit their yearly affidavit to Patchogue Village and to Brookhaven Town to confirm they still live in their residence and income has not changed. The affidavits have to be signed, notarized and submitted before Dec. 31. The income verification part of the process specifically will be skipped for seniors who have applied five consecutive times. Gallo said that affidavits for those who qualify will be sent out in the mail over the coming weeks.
Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said that its to help seniors not have to go through “the trials and tribulations” of re-submitting for as long as they are living in the house.
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Update: This story was originally published on Oct. 17 at 4:07 p.m., and updated Oct. 22 at 11:07 a.m. with additional information and clarification provided by village assessment clerk Kathleen Gallo.