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Tompkins County gives volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers a 10% reduction in property taxes

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The Tompkins County Legislature held a lengthy meeting on Tuesday, which included various topics, including a tax break for volunteer firefighters.

The legislature approved a measure that provides a 10% reduction in property taxes for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.


The goal is to encourage more individuals to volunteer as firefighters.

Legislator Lee Shurtleff, who is also a firefighter in Groton, stated that he had analyzed the impact of this measure and concluded that it would provide a modest benefit to Tompkins County, but would be more symbolic than tangible until other municipalities follow suit.

The cost to the county would be around $20,000 for the current number of volunteer firefighters.