Sharon Expands Tax Work-Off Program
Disabled residents can have proxies volunteer in their place, voters say.
Sharon's tax work-off program expanded Tuesday night to allow disabled residents to have proxies volunteer in their stead.
Voters at the annual town meeting approved the change, proposed by the council on aging.
The annual town meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m. That ended two nights of discussion covering 28 requests between the special and annual town meetings, held in the Sharon High School auditorium.
State law allows communities to adjust their volunteer tax work-off programs as Sharon did Tuesday night, according to the annual meeting warrant. Sharon's program has allowed residents over age 60 to volunteer for a town department and get their tax bill reduced.
One resident Tuesday night proposed allowing residents to bank additional hours at Sharon's discretion.
Finance Director William Fowler replied that the same idea arose three years ago.
Fowler said he spoke with the state Department of Revenue back then and on Tuesday.
Both times, the state said Sharon "would be spending without appropriation. And in the eyes of the DOR, it would be illegal," Fowler said.