NOTE ON THE SCHOOL TAX EXEMPTION
As veteran homeowners across Kings Park, Hauppauge and Commack open their 2016 real property tax bills this year they were greeted with a welcome surprise in the form of a veterans real property tax exemption extended to them by grateful school boards. The amount of relief range from 15% to 25% depending on their service status.
On the other hand, veterans of the Smithtown School District, (Smithtown, Nesconset and St. James) were not so lucky, since the Smithtown School Board voted DOWN extending the exemption to the town’s veteran homeowners. Personally I feel that Smithtown’s School Board could care less about my 34 years and 10 months of military service, along with each and every other Smithtown veteran. Shame on them!
Our Smithtown, Nesconset and St. James veterans should urge their neighbors to attend the school board meetings to show support for the veterans of the community. They should also write letters to the Smithtown News and Messenger urging community support for the Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption.
Let’s not give up so easily and let the school board win, Smithtown veterans should not be considered second class citizens compared to all the other school districts that voted to support their veterans by passing the exemption.
Kenneth G. Dolan, Cdr. Donald C. Munro Post 944