LEGISLATIVE UPDATES - JULY 2021
A message from MA State Senator Diana DiZoglio
As a member of the Legislature’s Elder Affairs Committee, one of my top focuses this session is assessing bills filed that impact our older adults. Among these pieces of legislation is an important bill I have co-sponsored, Senate Bill 1823, An Act relative to property tax deferral for estates.
This legislation would reduce the property tax burden on both senior citizens and their heirs. It reforms the payment schedule on the Property Tax Deferral Program to offer a one-year grace period of lower interest rates for a deceased person’s family to settle an estate, as well as for veterans and their families. The bill also provides town assessors with greater discretion in granting hardship exemptions to those struggling to keep up with their property taxes.
All too many older adults, in the Merrimack Valley and across Massachusetts, face being forced out of their homes due to increasing property values that result in unaffordable tax bills. Seniors who own their homes and are determined to remain in them often struggle to make ends meet as time goes by, faced with a harrowing decision over whether they can afford food, prescription drugs or heat, in addition to a property tax bill.
It is imperative that we do all we can to provide seniors with the resources needed to remain in their homes and maintain economic security.
I wholeheartedly support this bill and am committed to advocating for its passage during the legislative session.
If you have any questions on this or any other piece of legislation, please feel free to contact me anytime via email at Diana.Dizoglio@masenate.gov or phone at 978-984-7747.
Yours in service,
DianaA message from Representative James M. Kelcourse:Summer is officially here! As COVID-19 related restrictions on daily activities begin to lift, I encourage everyone to find ways to enjoy spending time outdoors, and stay safe from the warm weather we’ve been having! I hope you have all found ways to stay cool, whether it’s a spending day on beautiful Salisbury Beach, or relaxing at home with family and friends.I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Chuck Takesian Jr. and Donna Abdulla for their re-election as Salisbury Selectmen! We are all looking forward to working together again toward a great future for Salisbury.As many of you know, dune erosion and storm surges have been impacting Salisbury Beach for quite some time. I am pleased to announce that significant progress has been made on the issue. The Baker-Polito Administration has committed to the purchase of sand to be placed on the beach, which will protect the storm battered dunes and prepare for the beach season ahead. This achievement is made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of the legislative delegation- Senator DiZoglio, Senator Tarr, Representative Mirra, and myself- along with Town Manager, Neil Harrington, Conservation Agent, Adriane Marchand, and the passionate members and citizens of the Salisbury Beach Citizens for Change and the Salisbury Beach Resiliency Task Force. This project will bring the community one step closer to maintaining our beloved shoreline, and we hope to have it completed by the end of the month.As the 192nd Session of the Massachusetts General Court progresses, bills have begun to be assigned to committees for hearings. I sit on the Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Joint Committee on Ways and Means, and House Committee on Human Resources and Employee Engagement. If there is a bill that you are passionate about, and would like to see me support, please feel free to reach out to my office about it and I would be more than happy to read further into it. This is the best way that I can advocate for you, the great citizens and business owners of Salisbury, Newburyport, and Amesbury!Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 465-1777.
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