A fund to defray the real estate taxes of low income elderly and disabled
The Barnstable Elderly and
Disabled Taxation Aid Committee was formed in 1999 through the adoption of
Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 60, Section 3D, which allows the Town to
establish a fund to defray the real estate taxes of low income elderly and
Contributions are collected through voluntary donations made on real and
personal property tax bills. Awards are made yearly and applied directly to
residents’ property tax bills, based upon the applicants need as evaluated by
the four to six member committee. All applications are confidential and reviewed
within executive sessions.
Applications are made available during the fall each year and can be obtained
from the Treasurer’s Office, Tax Collector, Assessors offices and Senior Center.
In addition they are available for download on the Town’s website.
Completed applications should be submitted to the Treasurer’s Office and are due
late December. For more information on the BEDTAC, please contact JoAnna
Callahan, Assistant Treasurer, at 508.862.4656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee is continually reviewing its policy to ensure that the program is
supporting its intended recipients. This year the Committee received 35
applications and a total of $8,650.00 was awarded to twenty five households.
These awards ranged from $150.00 to $500.00 and were made in the form of a
direct payment to the recipient’s Real Estate Tax. Applicants continued to
demonstrate significant need this year and we are hopeful that this program will
continue to support the most vulnerable members of our community in the years