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    Does anyone think that volunteers should get a propery tax or some other type of tax break because of the service we provide for the community? Do you know of any benefits that are offered to voluntees? If so, what state is offering this?

    Thank you and be safe my fellow brothers and sisters.

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    MARYLAND OFFERS A $3500 A YEAR TAX BREAK TO VOLUNTEERS AFTER 6 YEARS SERVICE.
    THE ABOVE REFLECTS MY OPINIONS AND IN NO WAY REFLECTS THOSE OF MY DEPARTMENT.

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    • #3
      Thank you so much RES14CUE. Your information is very valuable to me and thank you for responding.

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      • #4
        In Ashford (the direct opposite end of the state from you) we get a $1000 a year property tax abatement. This'll come in handy with my new truck. In order to get it, you have to have been with the department for one year, and maintained active status during that time. Active status is determined by the percentage of calls/meetings/drills you make. I don't remember the numbers now. I didn't find out about the abatement until after I joined, but it certainly was a nice suprise.

        The department also pays for all training and gear up front. I had figured this was pretty much universal, but in talking to people from other departments, I guess it isn't always the case. I guess they're having trouble with folks bailing on the department once they realize FF-1 is tough during the summer!

        I don't believe the state gives us anything, and I'm not 100% sure it should either (although I wouldn't turn it down!) The various tax breaks vary widely from town to town.

        Andy http://www.ashfordfire.org

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        • #5
          Connecticut in 1999 the State Statutes were amended to allow Property Tax Abatements, allowing Towns the option to abate up $1000/year per volunteer firefighter or ambulance member.

          Unlike "Veteran's Exemptions" were $1000 of property is exempted (un-taxed), the Abatements are actually (upto) $1000 left in your pocket. Now, unless you own a house or other substantial property, you won't see the whole abatement -- if you only property taxes you pay are $200 a year on your truck, that's the maximum that can be abated...but that's a good deal for a young 20 something!

          As Rittner said, each town can decide how to implement it. Mine currently doesn't. The favorite system I've heard of was:
          $500 for attaining minimum % of calls, training, and meetings (i.e. "Active")
          $250 for having FFI Certification
          $250 for having EMT Certification

          I'd tweak it just a bit (make the FFI bonus for "Maintaining Interior FF Certification"), but it does give towns that accept it both a carrot to coax people to take training above bare minimum, and is a nice thank-you.
          IACOJ Canine Officer
          20/50

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          • #6
            Right... the abatement just nullifies your taxes up to $1000, or whatever your town sets it at. When I had my old Chevy Citation, I'd only be able to make use of $20 of the $1000. But last year my car taxes were about $350, and now with a truck that is valued about double what my car was, I'm glad for the abatement. The car, BTW, is in two pieces in a junkyard somewhere.

            I imagine I'll use the whole $1000 once I get a house.

            Like I said before, I'd volunteer with or without the abatement. We're kind of playing it up a little bit though on our website, since we're looking for new members. Might be enough to give someone that little extra incentive to sign up.

            Andy

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            • #7
              Thanks Andy!!! Your information on CT volunteers is a huge help.

              Stay Safe all my fellow Brothers and Sisters

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              • #8
                In New York State you get the big $0.00 for your efforts...

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                • #9
                  Thank you as well Dalmatian90. All this info is great. Keep it coming.

                  Stay safe all my fellow Brothers and Sisters

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                  • #10
                    rmarcy I know that the in New York we get paid nothing. I am from New York and just moved to CT. Thanks to the reply.

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                    • #11
                      in jersey there are several bills on the floor for tax breaks and also to waive drivers license and registration fees, but we'll see if that happens
                      9/11/01 forever in our hearts

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                      • #12
                        Where can we go to find out if our state has this policy... i live in Pa and until now i never heard of this before.

                        If we have it i would love to beable to use it
                        [FDBS]Wray

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                        • #13
                          [FDBS]Wray,

                          That's a big negative. Our state does not offer a tax break to volunteer firefighters and probably never will. It has been proposed several times, but hasn't made it very far up the food chain. Hopefully someday it will become a reality.

                          Todd

                          [ 10-31-2001: Message edited by: 15 Truck ]
                          "Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

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                          • #14
                            darn...

                            thx Todd
                            [FDBS]Wray

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                            • #15
                              I have to disagree with the zero in NY. In certain areas on Long Island, you can get some sort of housing relief, you just have to commit to volunteer for 5 years....
                              "When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for my having been there."
                              -- Jim Henson (1936 - 1990)

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