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By Ben Muir 

Assembly discusses senior tax exemption amendment


December 21, 2017

The assembly on Monday held discussion on a tax break for people over 65 in Petersburg, and possibly amending it to help the borough save thousands of dollars in revenue.

In January 1980, a senior sales tax exemption was approved by the city council without a vote from the people. The city charter didn’t require it at the time, according to Jody Tow, the borough finance director.

“It was described as kind of a reward for people who lived here and worked all their lives … this gave them a little money back,” Assembly member Nancy Strand said at Monday’s meeting. “And I think the...

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