December 1, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Signs Bill Providing Tax Exemption on Property Owned by Members of Volunteer Firefighter Companies or Voluntary Ambulance Services in Monroe County

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Governor Hochul Signs Bill Providing Tax Exemption on Property Owned by Members of Volunteer Firefighter Companies or Voluntary Ambulance Services in Monroe County
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Legislation (S.6676-A/A.7644-A) Allows Monroe County To Provide A 10% Exemption To Qualifying Members

Governor Hochul today signed Legislation (S.6676-A/A.7644-A) that allows Monroe County to provide a 10% real property tax exemption to volunteer firefighter or emergency workers who have been a part of the organization for two years.

"When trouble calls, our volunteer firefighters and emergency workers are there to answer," Governor Hochul said. "These selfless volunteers deserve our full support, and I'm proud to sign legislation that rewards them for their sacrifice and encourages others to join their ranks to keep our communities in Monroe County safe." 

The real property tax exemption will be taken off the assessed value of property for city, village, town, part town, special district, school district, fire district or county purposes. The act takes effect on January 1.

Senator Samra Brouk said, "Here in Monroe County, our volunteer firefighters and ambulance personnel have time and time again answered the call to serve our community. These are brave women and men who take great risks in the interest of the public good, asking for nothing in return. Their volunteerism is a great service to our community and our state, which is why I was proud to carry legislation that creates an exemption on their property taxes. While there is no way to adequately thank these volunteers for their bravery and commitment to their work, this is a small step to ensure they receive the support and gratitude they deserve. I am grateful to my colleague, Assemblymember Jen Lunsford for carrying this bill in the Assembly, and to Governor Kathy Hochul for signing this legislation in service of our communities."

Assemblymember Jen Lunsford said, "Monroe County's volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers have always been there for us, receiving no compensation for their service, yet committing themselves to helping our community in a time of need. This legislation enables us to be there for them, providing a 10% real property tax exemption in recognition of their sacrifice and service.  I want to thank local leaders for their support of this legislation such as County Legislator John Baynes, Senator Brouk for her partnership and Governor Hochul for recognizing the importance of this legislation and the positive impact it will have for those actively serving our community."

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