By Lindsay Carey
The Town Council recently voted unanimously for a property tax exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans.
Town Manager Garry Brumback suggested that fully disabled veterans be exempt from property taxes during his report and the council shared his support.
Brumback said that the tax exemption would not cause a significant decrease in revenue for the town and that the state would cover some of the cost.
“These are veterans who quite honestly, short of their lives, have given the most to our nation,” said Brumback.
The town currently already provides all veterans with a property tax exemption. However, this new option offered by the state legislature completely covers 100 percent disabled veterans.
Members of the Southington American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 were there to show their support for this piece of legislation.
“One of our premises is to aid and uphold our service members,” said Commander of Kiltonic Post 72 Steve McCarty. “I’d like to express our gratuity to the town in helping us do that.”
Town Councilor John Barry suggested that the town look into covering property taxes for veterans who may not be 100 percent disabled, but have been disabled from their time in the service. He proposed that the council form a committee to look into making that happen.
“I think we should give more tax breaks to our veterans,” said Barry. “There are a lot of veterans are disabled that might not be 100 percent disabled and they won’t get the benefit I think they should be entitled to.”
Town Councilor Victoria Triano said that she would be happy to serve on the committee and is willing to coordinate with the American Legion as they form the committee.
Riccio suggested that the committee consist of Councilors Barry, Triano and a member of the American Legion.
Town Attorney Mark Sciota asked that the committee also include one or two of the state representatives, since they are the ones that will have to pitch the plan to state.
“It’s good to have them on your committee, since they’re going to have to propose it,” said Sciota at the meeting.
By Lindsay Carey