By Bob Katzen

The senate 37-0, approved an amendment to a current law that allows veterans to do volunteer work in their city or town and get up to a $1,000 property tax reduction in exchange. Local cities and towns are not required to offer the volunteer program and the decision whether to opt in is up to each individual city or town.

The amendment would raise the limit of the allowable property tax reductions to 175 hours at the current minimum wage of $11 per hour. That would make the new ceiling $1,925.

Amendment supporters said this additional $925 would help many veterans and their families further reduce the cost of their property taxes and in some cases, might even prevent them from being forced out of their homes.

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